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Tsur and Gafni (T&G) claim that individual sounds can suggest “,” which, depending on the context, can evoke “.” However, their proposal suffers from a lack of a theoretical framework and embedding of the theory in the broader scholarly literature. In terms of existing emotion theories and in line with the results of our previous neurocognitive studies on the topic, the proposed differentiation between these two levels of processing can be best represented by two affective dimensions of and valence, respectively. In addition, our statistical measure for assessing the of texts suggests that the use of mere or rational frequencies of occurrence of all phonemes in a poem – instead of a focus on foregrounded and phonemes – may be a further reason for discrepancies of results of previous studies.


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Keyword(s): affective iconicity; arousal; neurocognitive poetics; salience; sound-meaning in poetry
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