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 and handbook papers (10)

Dingemanse, Mark. 2023. ‘Ideophones’, in The Oxford Handbook of Word Classes, edited by Eva van Lier. Oxford University Press. doi:10.31234/osf.io/u96zt.

Nielsen, A. K. S., & Dingemanse, M. (2021). Iconicity in Word Learning and Beyond: A Critical Review. Language and Speech64(1), 52–72. doi: 10.1177/0023830920914339

Dingemanse, M., Perlman, M., & Perniss, P. (2020). Construals of iconicity: Experimental approaches to form-meaning resemblances in languageLanguage and Cognition, 12(1), 1-14. doi:10.1017/langcog.2019.48.

Dingemanse, M. 2019. “Ideophone” as a comparative concept. In Kimi Akita & Prashant Pardeshi (eds.), Ideophones, Mimetics, Expressives (Iconicity in Language and Literature 16), 13–34. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi:10.1075/ill.16.02din.

Akita, K. & Dingemanse, M. 2019. Ideophones (Mimetics, Expressives). In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics (ed. Mark Aronoff). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199384655.013.477.

Dingemanse, M. 2018. Redrawing the Margins of Language: Lessons from Research on Ideophones. Glossa: A Journal of General Linguistics 3 (1): 1–30. doi:10.5334/gjgl.444.

Dingemanse, M. (2017). On the Margins of Language: Ideophones, Interjections and Dependencies in Linguistic Theory. In Dependencies in Language, 195–202. Berlin: Language Science Press. doi:10.5281/zenodo.573781.

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.

Corpus studies & linguistic papers (11)

Winter, B., Lupyan, G., Perry, L. K., Dingemanse, M., & Perlman, M. (2023). Iconicity ratings for 14,000+ English words. Behavior Research Methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-023-02112-6

► Open data & code on OSF: osf.io/qvw6u/

Winter, B., Sóskuthy, M., Perlman, M., & Dingemanse, M. (2022). Trilled /r/ is associated with roughness, linking sound and touch across spoken languages. Scientific Reports12(1), 1035. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-04311-7

► Open data & code on OSF: osf.io/6nma2/

Dingemanse, M., & Thompson, B. (2020). Playful iconicity: Structural markedness underlies the relation between funniness and iconicity. Language and Cognition, 12(1), 203-224. doi:10.1017/langcog.2019.49.

► Open data & code on github: github.com/mdingemanse/playful_iconicity  

Dingemanse, M. 2017. Expressiveness and system integration: On the typology of ideophones, with special reference to Siwu. STUF – Language Typology and Universals, 70(2), 119-141 doi:10.1515/stuf-2017-0018.

Dingemanse, M. & Akita, K. 2017. An inverse relation between expressiveness and grammatical integration: on the morphosyntactic typology of ideophones, with special reference to Japanese. Journal of Linguistics, 53(3), 501-532. doi:10.1017/S002222671600030X.

► Open data & code on OSF: osf.io/x2y65/

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.

Experimental studies (8)

McLean, B., Dunn, M., & Dingemanse, M. (2023). Two measures are better than one: combining iconicity ratings and guessing experiments for a more nuanced picture of iconicity in the lexicon. Language and Cognition, 1–24. doi: 10.1017/langcog.2023.9

► Open data & code on OSF: osf.io/j57uc/

Van Hoey, T., Thompson, A. L., Do, Y., & Dingemanse, M. (2023). Iconicity in Ideophones: Guessing, Memorizing, and ReassessingCognitive Science47(4), e13268. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.13268

► Open data & code on OSF: osf.io/463ts/

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: osf.io/ema3t/

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: osf.io/cwmzr/

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: osf.io/t3xj9/

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.


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