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Jack Campin 20 Apr 16 - 09:05 AM
GUEST,DrWord 20 Apr 16 - 09:51 AM
Dave Hanson 20 Apr 16 - 10:12 AM
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Subject: sound and distance
From: Jack Campin
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 09:05 AM

This is an intriguing idea. The sound of words encodes the distance of what they refer to:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/04/160418145453.htm

Works for adverbs of location like "near" and "far" in English, also for "pres" and "lointain" in French. Doesn't work too well in German and not at all in Turkish (where all such adverbs seem to use back vowels). But it does suggest that the sounds of poetry and song are maybe not as arbitrarily related to the meaning as you might expect.


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Subject: RE: sound and distance
From: GUEST,DrWord
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 09:51 AM

Hey Jack Thanks for the post. It is, indeed, intriguing.
dennis


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Subject: RE: sound and distance
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 20 Apr 16 - 10:12 AM

I'll sleep easier tonight now.

Dave H


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