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Linguistic Iconism

Roger W. Wescott
Language
Vol. 47, No. 2 (Jun., 1971), pp. 416-428
DOI: 10.2307/412089
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/412089
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Linguistic Iconism
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Abstract

Since at least the time of Ferdinand de Saussure, most linguists have insisted that language is a system of exclusively symbolic-that is, arbitrary-signs. There is, however, growing evidence that language contains many elements which are iconic-that is, imitative of non-linguistic reality.

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