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ERIC Number: ED074552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 12
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Onomatopoeia, Gesture, and Synaesthesia in the Perception of Poetic Meaning.
Salper, Donald R.
The author states that phonetic symbolism is not a generalizable phenomenon but maintains that those interested in the status of a poem as a speech event need not totally discount or discredit such perceptions. In his discussion of the theories which ascribe meaning to vocal utterance--the two imitative theories, the onomatopoeic and the gestural, and the theories of synaesthesia and kinaesthesia--he describes and demonstrates how the various kinds of speech symbolism are found in individual words and in poetic lines and passages. Taking issue with Samuel Johnson's treatment of a passage from Pope's "Odyssey," the author criticizes Johnson's failure to discern the part played by phonetic symbolism in relation to the poem's meaning and rhythm. The author concludes that oral interpretation reinforces the onomatopoeic and gestural imitating, the auditory perception of visual and tactile imagery through synaesthesia, and the kinesthetic perception of resonance, tension, and relaxation. (LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)