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Dey, Subir and Prasad Bokil. "The narrative functions of sound-symbolic words in comics and graphic novels." Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics 12.(2021): 1080–101. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
Language: en: English
Peer reviewed
DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2020.1853190
BibTeX citation key: Dey2021
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Categories: General
Keywords: Narratology, Onomatopoeia
Creators: Bokil, Dey
Collection: Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
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Abstract
A story in a comic book employs different visual elements such as images, text, speech balloons, caption boxes, symbols, and sound effects. These elements work in harmony to convey the narrative to the reader. The Sound-Symbolic Words (SSWs), popularly studied as onomatopoeias, represent various sounds to enhance the visual narrative. This paper presents an analysis of examples from popular comics and graphic novels to provide an understanding of SSWs beyond their usage for conveying sound. It investigates the contribution of SSWs to carry forward the narrative, thus bringing SSWs to the forefront at par with image and text. This study attempts to redefine the role of SSWs and their significance in visual narratives. Various narrative functions of SSWs are identified and named as temporal-marker, spatial-marker, action-marker, emotion-marker, and identity-marker. The analysis helps to draw inferences about represented sound and its importance in printed comics. The study opens up possibilities for comic book artists to deliberate on the idea of SSWs as a narrative element and to implement them creatively to produce better visual narratives.
  
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