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This article addresses the phonosemantic theory of the Soviet linguist St. V. Voronin (1935-2001) referring to the gestural origin of language and postulating the double character of the linguistic sign: both non-arbitrary and arbitrary. In this perspective, phonetic symbolism is presented as the motivated link between the phonemes of a word and the non-acoustic traits of the referent. The basis of the denomination of phono-symbolic words thus depends on the properties of objects that mandoi:10.18145/signifiances.v3i1.233 fatcat:upfpjrvaave7jnhou2ai2ypa5e