Towards a phonetically-rich account of speech-sound > colour synaesthesia

Smith, R. , Moos, A., Cartwright-Hignett, W. and Simmons, D. (2011) Towards a phonetically-rich account of speech-sound > colour synaesthesia. In: Biggam, C., Hough, C., Simmons, D. and Kay, C. (eds.) New Directions in Colour Studies. John Benjamin, pp. 319-328. ISBN 9789027211880

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This paper explores the contribution that phonetics can make to research into certain types of synaesthesia, those which have speech sounds as the ‘inducer’ or trigger for the synaesthetic experience, and colour as the ‘concurrent’ or triggered experience. These variants are under-researched relative to other variants. We first discuss the complex inter-relationship between speech sounds and graphemes as synaesthetic inducers, then review recent findings concerning the parameters of speech that can evoke impressions of colour. These findings suggest systematic relationships, but a more detailed phonetic approach is needed to better understand the mappings.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Rachel and Simmons, Dr David
Authors: Smith, R., Moos, A., Cartwright-Hignett, W., and Simmons, D.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology
Publisher:John Benjamin
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