Jakobson and Sound Symbolism

Amanda Weaver

Abstract


Roman Jakobson's work with sound symbolism remains authoritative in the study of iconicity within language.  This article applies Jakobsonian criticism to the works of five Russian poets, whose poems have been identified by other scholars as containing some level of linguistic iconicity.  Phoneme- and word-level iconicity is explored by employing Jakobsonian analysis with the following works, resulting in an expanded examination of and discussion on the poetic texture evident in these poems.

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