Synesthetic sound-color correlations of alphabetic letters and words


  • Maria Elivanova Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
  • Valeria Semushina Institute of Foreign Languages
Keywords: synesthesia, synesthet, sound-color matching, grafon, alphabet letter, sound, color

Abstract

The article is concerned with investigating the problem of synesthesia, that manifests itself in the fact that stimulation in one sensory or cognitive system leads to automatic involuntary reaction in another one. So, perception of hearing sounds, words of the first or foreign language can stimulate some people to color (as variants also taste or olfactory etc.) sensations. We describe variants of true sinesthets’ reactions to stimulus presentation (sounds / letters and words of different semantic group). We attempt to create possible typology of phonemic and verbal sinesthets. Factors that can affect the color sensation when perceiving linguistic units of different levels are described.

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Author Biographies

Maria Elivanova, Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia

Ph.D in Philology, Assistant professor of the Department of Language and Literary Child Development,
Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia,
48, River embankment Moyka Str., Saint Petersburg, 191186
melivanova@yandex.ru

Valeria Semushina, Institute of Foreign Languages

Ph.D. in Philology, Department of the English Language,
Institute of Foreign Languages,
48, River embankment Moyka Str., Saint Petersburg, 191186
haleria@yandex.ru


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Published
2017-11-16
How to Cite
Elivanova, M., & Semushina, V. (2017). Synesthetic sound-color correlations of alphabetic letters and words. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, (22(2), 28-49. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1069533