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July 29, 2014


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The semantic connotations of different sounds is fairly well established by now - so there's nothing particularly 'ground breaking' about this study. In particular, the lexical links are most likely bogus. You only need to go as far as Russian to find a language where love and death have the opposite sounds. Even English 'love' and 'die' have opposite tendencies.

Perhaps some tendencies could be found when analyzing who lexicons but otherwise language remains stubbornly arbitrary.

As usual general science reporting on language is very poor.

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