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The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity

Motamedi, Yasamin; Little, Hannah; Nielsen, Alan; Sulik, Justin

Authors

Yasamin Motamedi

Hannah Little Hannah.Little@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Science Communication

Alan Nielsen

Justin Sulik



Abstract

© 2019 UK Cognitive Linguistics Association. Growing evidence from across the cognitive sciences indicates that iconicity plays an important role in a number of fundamental language processes, spanning learning, comprehension, and online use. One benefit of this recent upsurge in empirical work is the diversification of methods available for measuring iconicity. In this paper, we provide an overview of methods in the form of a 'toolbox'. We lay out empirical methods for measuring iconicity at a behavioural level, in the perception, production, and comprehension of iconic forms. We also discuss large-scale studies that look at iconicity on a system-wide level, based on objective measures of similarity between signals and meanings. We give a detailed overview of how different measures of iconicity can better address specific hypotheses, providing greater clarity when choosing testing methods.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2019
Journal Language and Cognition
Print ISSN 1866-9808
Electronic ISSN 1866-9859
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 2
Pages 188-207
APA6 Citation Motamedi, Y., Little, H., Nielsen, A., & Sulik, J. (2019). The iconicity toolbox: Empirical approaches to measuring iconicity. Language and Cognition, 11(2), 188-207. https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.14
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2019.14

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