Date: Thu Oct 29, 1998 1:03
SignWriting List Forum
Subject: Re: iconicity
In a message dated 10/27/98 11:44:23 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> However there are words in English and other spoken languages which sound
> their meaning. For example: Thunder. or better yet: teeny tiny. These
> onomonopaeic words are, for all intents and purposes iconic. My 2 cents.
hmmm.. I've heard this before, but I still don't get how "teeny tiny" sounds
very small. Or how "thunder" sounds like that glorious rolling sound... I
guess I've never really accepted onomonopia as an explanation for words too
much... including things like woof and meow, because other languages/cultures
don't think that dogs say woof.