If you’re interested in ideophones and iconicity, you may find the following selection of papers useful (full publication list here). Linked titles lead directly to PDFs and should open in a new window. Enjoy!

Review papers

Dingemanse, M., Blasi, D.E., Lupyan, G., Christiansen, M.H. & Monaghan, P. (2015). Arbitrariness, iconicity and systematicity in languageTrends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 10, 603-615. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.07.013.

Lockwood, G., & Dingemanse, M. (2015). Iconicity in the lab: A review of behavioural, developmental, and neuroimaging research into sound-symbolismFrontiers in Psychology, 6: 1246. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01246.

Dingemanse, M. (2012). Advances in the cross-linguistic study of ideophonesLanguage and Linguistics Compass, 6, 654-672. doi:10.1002/lnc3.361.

Experimental studies

Lockwood, Gwilym, Peter Hagoort, and Mark Dingemanse. (2016). “How Iconicity Helps People Learn New Words: Neural Correlates and Individual Differences in Sound-Symbolic Bootstrapping.” Collabra 2 (2): 1–15. doi:10.1525/collabra.42.

Open data & code on OSF:

Dingemanse, M., Schuerman, W., Reinisch, E., Tufvesson, S., & Mitterer, H. (2016). What sound symbolism can and cannot do: testing the iconicity of ideophones from five languages. Language, 92(2), e117-e133. doi:10.1353/lan.2016.0034.

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Lockwood, G., Dingemanse, M., & Hagoort, P. (2016). Sound-symbolism boosts novel word learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 42(8), 1274-1281. doi:10.1037/xlm0000235.

Open data & code on OSF:

Lockwood, G., Hagoort, P., & Dingemanse, M. (2016). Synthesized Size-Sound Sound Symbolism. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016) (pp. 1823-1828). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Drijvers, L., Zaadnoordijk, L., & Dingemanse, M. (2015). Sound-symbolism is disrupted in dyslexia: Implications for the role of cross-modal abstraction processes. In D. Noelle, … & P. P. Maglio (Eds.), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015) (pp. 602-607). Austin, Tx: Cognitive Science Society.

Dingemanse, M., & Majid, A. (2012). The semantic structure of sensory vocabulary in an African language. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2012) (pp. 300-305). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

Corpus studies & linguistic papers

Dingemanse, M. (in press). Expressiveness and system integration: On the typology of ideophones, with special reference to Siwu. STUF – Language Typology and Universals, 70(2), 119-141.

Dingemanse, M. & Akita, K. 2016. An inverse relation between expressiveness and grammatical integration: on the morphosyntactic typology of ideophones, with special reference to Japanese. Journal of Linguistics, FirstView. doi:10.1017/S002222671600030X.

Open data & code on OSF:

Dingemanse, M. (2015). Ideophones and Reduplication: Depiction, Description, and the Interpretation of Repeated Talk in Discourse. Studies in Language,39(4), 946-970. doi:10.1075/sl.39.4.05din.

Dingemanse, M. (2015). Folk definitions in linguistic fieldwork. In J. Essegbey, B. Henderson, & F. Mc Laughlin (Eds.), Language documentation and endangerment in Africa (pp. 215-238). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/clu.17.09din.

Dingemanse, M. (2014). Making new ideophones in Siwu: Creative depiction in conversation. Pragmatics and Society, 5(3), 384-405. doi:10.1075/ps.5.3.04din.

Dingemanse, M. (2013). Ideophones and gesture in everyday speech. Gesture,13, 143-165. doi:10.1075/gest.13.2.02din.

Dingemanse, M. (2011). Ideophones and the aesthetics of everyday language in a West-African society. The Senses & Society, 6(1), 77-85. doi:10.2752/174589311X12893982233830.

Dingemanse, M. (2011). Ezra Pound among the Mawu: Ideophones and iconicity in Siwu. In P. Michelucci, O. Fischer, & C. Ljungberg (Eds.),Semblance and Signification (pp. 39-54). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/ill.10.03din.


Dingemanse, M. (2011). The meaning and use of ideophones in Siwu. PhD Thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen.