MEANINGFULNESS OF SOUNDS
BY PRAMOD KUMAR AGARWAL
EVERY SOUND SAYS SOMETHING
Phonosemantics is a hypothesis which suggests that every sound in this universe has a specific psychological feeling allotted by nature. These psychological feelings are interpreted in intellectual meanings to provide a base for evolution of languages. In spite of strong philosophical support, modern linguists are not happy with it. They have lot of objections, which are being resolved here.
Sound is a message carrier
All animals including humans have different modes of communications. These modes are gestures (different types of body movements), facial expressions, color changes, smells, emissions of light, vocalizations (sounds) etc. Each mode is made of a large number of signals. These signals are capable of evolving an individual language. We have different types of languages naming sound language, smell language, body language, facial expression language etc. All types of languages have capability to convey a common psychological message. For example, sound of /n/ and a negating facial expression, both signals can convey the same psychological message of ‘negation’. An animal can bark (sound language) or leave smell (smell language) to express the common psychological message of ‘territorial protection’. Roaring (sound language) and attacking (gesture) both evolve the same psychological feeling of horror.
Conversion of visual into Sound
A visual can be converted into a psychological feeling, which can further be converted into sound. In this way a visual can be converted into sound with a common aspect of psychological feeling. How these conversions are taken place? These conversions are made on the basis of a natural code, which is alike in the same species. And hence the animals of same species, even if they are from different countries, can have psychological interaction without learning any language.
In case of humans, all humans belong to the same species and hence inherit common relationship between visual, psychological feeling, and sound. They are capable of understand the psychological message of one another. The psychological expressions of crying, laughing, and weeping can be understood without learning any language. In comparison to animals, humans have wider range of psychological feelings. These feelings are evaluated in terms of intellectual meanings and form the root of a language.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The author belongs to the scientific and technical field and is an engineer by education. As regards philosophy, for the last 40 years he has been working on ‘existence’ which is the root subject of philosophy. He has successfully innovated a model of ‘existence’, which is capable of explaining not only the cosmological ‘existences’ but also physical, biological, and psychological existences. The author has successfully used this ‘structure of existence’ in explaining the relationship between different sounds and their psychological interpretations. His first book “Dhvani kā Abhiprāya Vishayaka Vijňāna – Theory of Phonosemantics” was aimed at Hindi readers. After the publication of the book, he presented many papers at conferences of distinctive universities. “33rd AICL at Chandigarh”, “20 th International Congress of Vedānta” at New Delhi, “Global Meet at Barodā”, 21 st International Congress of Vedānta” at Dartmouth (USA), and “11 th ICOSAL at BHU Varanasi” are some of them. Apart from the other published papers, his recent peer reviewed paper “A New Approach to Phonosemantics” has been published in the International Journal of Linguistics. As a result of these conferences and papers, he received a lot of queries from different linguists. These queries were deeply discussed worldwide on internet. The second book “Meaningfulness of Sounds” is the result of these discussions.