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(2011) Discourse Processes 48 (1).

P is for happiness, n is for sadness

Universals in sound iconicity to detect emotions in poetry

Jan Auracher, Sabine Albers, Yuhui Zhai , Gulnara Gareeva, Tetyana Stavniychuk

pp. 1-25

This article demonstrates the potential of sound iconicity for automatic text analysis. This study claims that—at least in poetic language—the ratio of plosive versus nasal sounds in a text predicts its emotional tone as it is perceived by readers; that is, poems that have a relatively high frequency of plosive sounds are more likely to express a pleasant mood with high activation, whereas a relatively high frequency of nasal sounds indicates an unpleasant mood with low activation. Moreover, these findings are universal (i.e., they are independent of specific languages or language families). This article presents the results of an intercultural study testing the previous hypothesis.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1080/01638531003674894

Full citation [Harvard style]:

Auracher, J. , Albers, S. , Zhai, Y. , Gareeva, G. , Stavniychuk, T. (2011). P is for happiness, n is for sadness: Universals in sound iconicity to detect emotions in poetry. Discourse Processes 48 (1), pp. 1-25.

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