If you’re interested in ideophones and iconicity, you may find the following selection of papers useful (full publication list here). Links lead directly to PDFs. 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.

Open data & code on OSF:

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.