sound symbolism

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sound′ sym`bolism

a nonarbitrary connection between phonetic features of linguistic items and their meanings.
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She speaks of the phenomenon occasionally referred to as phonaesthesia, described by Anderson as sound associated with emotion (Boase-Beier 2006: 107).
143]) to linguistic analysis (Kunio Shimane's study of phonaesthesia in "The May Magnificat").