phonestheme The common feature of sound occurring in a group of symbolic words.
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The term phonestheme (or phonaestheme in British English) was coined in 1930 by British linguist J. R. Firth (from the Greek φωνή phone, `sound`, and αἴσθημα aisthema, `perception` from αίσθάνομαι aisthanomai, `I perceive`) to label the systematic pairing of form and meaning in a language. A phonestheme is different fro...
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