Introduction to Sound Symbolism
Since ancient times, shamans, priests, philosophers, linguists, speakers, writers and poets have all been fascinated by the spoken word – many suspecting that there are hidden meanings behind individual phonemes (the smallest units of sound). Their suspicions were largely intuitive. But linguists, using comparative linguistics and experiments, have explored the reasons why and how these sounds make sense to the human mind, and deepen the meaning of many words–giving many even more power and strength than their simple definitions.
If you are a writer, speaker, or marketer, being consciously aware of even some of these secrets, gives you a basis with which to select the most apt word. Or if you are simply curious as to why many words sound like what they mean, explore the fascinating secrets of sound symbolism with poet /writer /researcher, Barbara Lynn Silberg.
$25 covers speaker fees/room fees