What Makes Sound Patterns Expressive?

Poets, academics, and those who simply speak a language are subject to mysterious intuitions about the perceptual qualities and emotional symbolism of the sounds of speech. Such intuitions are Reuven Tsur's point of departure in this investigation into the expressive effect of sound patterns, addressing questions of great concern for literary theorists and critics as well as linguists and psychologists. 

By Reuven Tsur
3188 pages
Published by Duke University Press, 1992
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