Academic journal article International Journal of Linguistics

A New Approach to Phonosemantics

Academic journal article International Journal of Linguistics

A New Approach to Phonosemantics

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It is a historical debate whether the sounds or phonemes have some natural meanings or not. The purpose of this paper is to propose a newly developed theory, explaining the relationship between sounds and their meanings. The paper suggests a unitary code, which is the root cause of every existence including animals and human. This unitary code carries a code of converting meanings into sounds. A model of structure of existence is explained in the paper, proposing placement of phonemes. The placements themselves explain the meanings of the phonemes. Paper provides the semantic values of maximum usable sounds of IPA (International Phonetic Alphabets). Devanagari representations of the IPA are also provided. A wide range of words, including all languages of the world, can be explained by using the semantic values proposed in the paper. To prove the correctness of the theory, we are providing herewith 95 words of English language.

Keywords: Perception, Semantic value, Sounds, Phonemes, Structure, Existence

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1. Introduction

Phonosemantics is a hypothesis which explains that every sound in this universe has a specific meaning allotted by nature. Under this hypothesis, it is believed that, as and when we speak or listen to any sound, we feel a corresponding specific emotion inside. All languages in this universe are evolved because of this relationship between sound and meaning. In spite of strong philosophical support, modern linguists are not happy with it. The theory explained in the paper resolves almost all objections raised by the modern linguists and suggests a systematic and logical theory explaining the semantic values of phonemes of IPA.

1.1 Vocalization is A Gesture

Animals convey their messages (psychological and biological messages) through gestures by using different capabilities of their bodies. A gesture can be defined as a conversion of "meaning' into "body movement'. Both the message observer and the message provider, never have to learn any gesture language anywhere. All animals (including humans) have the same inbuilt sign language, which is directly provided by nature in the form of unitary code. Different types of ear-movements, eye-movements, and tail-movements explain different types of messaging. Just like the other outflow expressions, vocalization is also a gesture. "Speaking (moving tongue in a specific manner" and "gesture (moving tail in a specific manner)" are two different forms of the same process. This logic establishes the meaningfulness of sounds.

1.2 Unitary Existence

A biological body is made of different types of cells, and every cell is evolved and controlled by the same code named DNA. In the same way, universe is made of different types of existences, and every existence is evolved and controlled by the same inbuilt unitary code. This code is called science or God. Every existence is structured with this code or science. This unitary code or God is a creator of us and so it cannot be defined fully, but it can be decoded partly and the structure of existence can be explained in a systematically divisible format. All these parts of existence are placed systematically in such a way that their composition constitutes a living entity. As far as phonosemantics is concerned, different parts of existence represent different phonemes. And the phonemes can be explained on the basis of their placement in the structure of existence. This structure of existence is responsible for conversion from "meaning to phoneme (outflow sounds; speaking)" and "phoneme to meaning (inflow sounds; listening)". Being a common code, the listener and the speaker understand the common meaning of a gesture. The model (structure) of existence is attached with the paper, explaining consonants and vowels separately.

1.3 Naming of an Object

Listening with ear or observing with eyes is the same process of inflow perception. …

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