dingdong theory

Dingdong theory

Ding"dong` the"o*ry\ (Philol.) The theory which maintains that the primitive elements of language are reflex expressions induced by sensory impressions; that is, as stated by Max M["u]ller, the creative faculty gave to each general conception as it thrilled for the first time through the brain a phonetic expression; -- jocosely so called from the analogy of the sound of a bell induced by the stroke of the clapper.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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