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Onomatopoeia and the Showing–Saying of Japanese Culture

  • Ryoko SasamotoEmail author
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Part of the Palgrave Studies in Sound book series (PASTS)

Abstract

This chapter sets out to examine the contribution of onomatopoeia in multimodal discourse with a particular focus on Japanese manga, where onomatopoeia is prevalently used in a highly stylised manner. This suggests that, in addition to both showing and saying elements which onomatopoeia has by nature, onomatopoeia in manga has a further showing element, giving rise to further effects, by triggering the search for extra effects and attracting the reader’s attention. That is, onomatopoeia’s multi- and cross-modal nature allows for the bridging of senses, which naturally falls into place in visually oriented Japanese culture and media.

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  1. 1.SALISDublin City University SALISDublinIreland

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