Kazuko Shinohara

List of John Benjamins publications for which Kazuko Shinohara plays a role.


Iconicity: East meets West

Edited by Masako K. Hiraga, William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita

[Iconicity in Language and Literature, 14] 2015. x, 279 pp.
Subjects Phonology | Semiotics | Theoretical linguistics | Theoretical literature & literary studies


This study explores the sound-symbolic effects of Japanese consonants on image of food textures. Our experiment tested whether voiced vs. voiceless plosives, at various places of articulation, could affect participants’ image of the hardness of a snack. The results revealed that both voicing and… read more | Chapter
Uno, Ryoko, Fumiyuki Kobayashi, Kazuko Shinohara and Sachiko Odake. 2022. Chapter 2. Analysis of the use of Japanese mimetics in the eating and imagined eating of rice crackers. The Language of Food in Japanese: Cognitive perspectives and beyond, Toratani, Kiyoko (ed.), pp. 55–77
This chapter explores how Japanese mimetics are used to verbally express the texture of rice crackers in real and imagined cases. Two experiments were conducted to test whether the use of mimetics varies when eating rice crackers as opposed to merely imagining eating rice crackers. The analysis of… read more | Chapter
Uno, Ryoko, Kazuko Shinohara, Yuta Hosokawa, Naho Atsumi, Kumagai Gakuji and Shigeto Kawahara. 2020. What’s in a villain’s name? Sound symbolic values of voiced obstruents and bilabial consonants. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 18:2, pp. 428–457
This paper reports two case studies of sound symbolism using the naturalistic name corpora of characters from Disney and Pokémon. Building upon previous studies of sound symbolism, we tested two hypotheses: (1) voiced obstruents, which are generally associated with negative images, are favored in… read more | Article
Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita. 2015. Introduction: Ubiquity of Iconicity - East Meets West. Iconicity: East meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), pp. 1–9
Kawahara, Shigeto, Kazuko Shinohara and Joseph Grady. 2015. Iconic inferences about personality: From sounds and shapes. Iconicity: East meets West, Hiraga, Masako K., William J. Herlofsky, Kazuko Shinohara and Kimi Akita (eds.), pp. 57–70
The current study offers a new case of an iconic relationship amongst different modalities of cognition, going beyond traditional studies of sound symbolism. We report experiments that show that particular types of personalities can be iconically related to particular types of sounds and shapes. Two… read more | Article
Shinohara, Kazuko and Yoshihiro Matsunaka. 2004. Spatial cognition and linguistic expression: Empirical research on frames of reference in Japanese. Annual Review of Cognitive Linguistics: Volume 2, Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, Francisco José (ed.), pp. 261–283
This paper analyzes frames of reference involved in linguistic expression of spatial relations of objects, using an experimental method. Objects with and without intrinsic orientation are used as the figure object, and it is demonstrated that there exists in Japanese a phenomenon we call… read more | Article