'Plitschplatsch' is more credible than simply wet: Researching iconic German words

Words like “ratzfatz”, “ruckzuck” or “pille-palle” are known as ideophones. Found primarily in spoken language, their role in the language system has scarcely been researched so far. A young linguist at Goethe University wants to change that. She is writing her doctoral thesis on the semantics and pragmatics of ideophones.

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