Iconicity in ideophones: Guessing, memorizing, and reassessing

Hooray, our paper came out, openly accessible in Cognitive Science! Its title is “Iconicity in ideophones: Guessing, memorizing, and re

ABB constructions in Chinese: collocate and ideophone

Shamelessly plugging my new article in Cognitive Linguistics, entitled “ABB, a salient prototype of collocate–id

ABB, a salient prototype of collocate–ideophone constructions in Mandarin Chinese

ABB words in Chinese, e.g., hēi-qīqī ‘pitch black’, have been studied for a long time. Most traditional studies analyze these words through derivational rules involving empty suffixes. However, this is problematic, as they are better seen as …

Articulatory features of phonemes pattern to iconic meanings

One of the best things of my postdoc at HKU has been the collaboration with Youngah Do and Arthur Lewis Thompson. At the end of 2021 our first paper was published: “Articulatory features of phonemes pattern to iconic meanings: Evidence from cross-linguistic ideophones”.

Honglonglong is the sound of thunder

I don’t often see poetry books that immediately make me go OMG must have but this interview with poet Fāng Shā

Articulatory features of phonemes pattern to iconic meanings: Evidence from cross-linguistic ideophones

Iconic words are supposed to exhibit imitative relationships between their linguistic forms and their referents. Many studies have worked to pinpoint sound-to-meaning correspondences for ideophones from different languages. The correspondence …

CHIDEOD, the Chinese Ideophone Database

Finally, the paper I wrote together with Arthur Lewis Thompson on the Chinese Ideophone Database is out! Get your copy now at Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale (or by contacting us).

Theses and dissertations on my site

This is just a short update to inform you that my PhD dissertation and MA theses are now available on my website: The main link to the “re

Learnability of ideophones

How well are ideophones learned if we look at articulatory and gesticulatory gestures?

The Chinese Ideophone Database (CHIDEOD)

This article introduces the Chinese Ideophone Database (CHIDEOD), an open-source dataset, which collects 4948 unique onomatopoeia and ideophones (mimetics, expressives) of Mandarin, as well as Middle Chinese and Old Chinese. These are analyzed …