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The Phonosemantics of the Sibilant Sounds of the Arabic and English Languages

Nafila Sabri Qudissya

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 2021


Understanding the general meaning of phonemes and their combinations helps to guess the meaning of unknown words intuitively. The aim of this paper is to examine a group of Arabic as well as English phoneme combinations as examples to prove they have some specific common meaning, a so-called DNA that can be traced in all given words. Thus, a group of selected words were chosen from the Holy Qur'an whose language represents the Classical Arabic variety. It has been assumed that the relationship between phonemes and what they signify is non-arbitrary. It is determined that certain consonant combinations retain their meanings. Thus, upon closer examination, words that are not similar to one another but which have identical consonant phonemes combinations bear an element of meaning which is absent in words not containing such combinations.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.37648/ijrssh.v11i03.025

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