Linguistic Synaesthesia of Mandarin Sensory Adjectives: Corpus-Based and Experimental Approaches

Qingqing Zhao, Yunfei Long, Chu Ren Huang

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This study examines linguistic synaesthesia based on both the corpus distribution and the modality rating of Mandarin synaesthetic adjectives. We find that the tendencies attested through the corpus-based and the experimental approaches are compatible, including: (1) the modality exclusivity is negatively correlated with the usage of Mandarin sensory adjectives in linguistic synaesthesia; and (2) the ratings on sensory modalities of Mandarin synaesthetic adjectives are consistent with the synaesthetic directionality of these adjectives. The paper thus argues for the cognitive reality of linguistic synaesthesia, which can be evidenced by both the language production in the corpus and the language processing in the behavior experiment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Lexical Semantics - 20th Workshop, CLSW 2019, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsJia-Fei Hong, Yangsen Zhang, Pengyuan Liu
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783030381882
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event20th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2019 - Beijing, China
Duration: 28 Jun 201930 Jun 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume11831 LNAI
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference20th Chinese Lexical Semantics Workshop, CLSW 2019


  • Corpus-based
  • Linguistic synaesthesia
  • Mandarin
  • Modality exclusivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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