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Title: Why should we care about sound symbolism in EFL learning?: Two pilot studies
Issue Date: 28-Jun-2017
Keywords: Sound symbolism
Sound-meaning interplay
Language learning
Classroom experiments
Abstract: Given the importance of the phonological and lexical components of the language in L2 learning, this article discusses an innovative, holistic approach to learning these two components of the language based on the existence of "sound symbolism"-the interrelation between sound and meaning-in English. In particular, it describes how and why the study of sound symbolism can be advantageous to EFL learners. This claim is grounded in empirical data gathered from two pilot studies carried out in two educational settings (a secondary school and the University of Alicante). The results suggest that knowledge of sound symbolic principles underlying the English language can enhance lexical storage and semantic prediction
Primary author: Roig-Marín, Amanda
Document type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Number of pages / Extensions: 17-36
Rights: info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
Appears in Collections:Vol.17 (1), 2017

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