ID 106154
Title Transcription
More than Five : キョウカンカク ガ ウキボリ ニ スル ゴカン イガイ ノ カンカク
Title Alternative
More than Five : Three More Senses in Synesthetic Metaphors
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Content Type
Departmental Bulletin Paper
Description
It is commonly said that we human beings have five senses - touch, taste, smell, vision, and hearing. This classification of senses depends on the fact that a human being has five kinds of sense organ - skin, tongue, nose, eyes, and ears. However, synesthesia in language indicates that we have additional senses. This study examines synesthetic metaphors in Japanese. Synesthetic metaphors are expressions in which the words or phrases proper to one sense describe the experiences of another sense. When we describe our experiences of one of the five senses, we can use three types of expressions. Words proper to that sense, explanatory expressions such as “nakitakunaru-yohna iro”(=a color which makes me cry), and synesthetic metaphors (that is, words which originally relate to another sense). Some words like “hukai” (=deep), “hageshii” (=violent), or “sabishii” (=lonely) describe the experiences of some of the five senses, like “hukai oto” (=deep sound), “hageshii iro” (=violent color), and “sabishii iro” (=lonely color). But they do not originally relate to any of those senses, and are not explanatory either. These expressions are synesthetic metaphors and the adjectives must be words of some senses other than the five. The existence of these synesthetic metaphors proves that we have three more senses other than the five, at least in Japanese, - “dimension,” “movement,” and “mood.”
Journal Title
徳島大学教養部紀要(外国語·外国文学)
ISSN
09164847
NCID
AN10159737
Volume
3
Start Page
75
End Page
83
Sort Key
75
Published Date
1992-03
EDB ID
FullText File
language
jpn
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departments
Integrated Arts and Sciences