1. Of, relating to, or having the character of an icon. 2. Symbolic, emblematic, or representative: a classroom scene that is iconic of what is wrong with the education system. 3. Having a conventional formulaic style.
Iconicity. In functional- cognitive linguistics, as well as in semiotics, iconicity is the conceived similarity or analogy between the form of a sign (linguistic or otherwise) and its meaning, as opposed to arbitrariness . Iconic principles:
Sign languages. Iconicity is often argued to play a large role in the production and perception of gesture. Proposed ways in which iconicity is achieved is through Hands that Act, Embody, Model, and Draw. In sign languages iconicity was often argued to be largely confined to sign formation (comparable to onomatopoeia).
The ASL marker for "intensity" is iconic in that the intended meaning (building of pressure, a sudden release) is matched by the articulatory form (a pause, a quick completion). Like in vocal languages, developmental trends in ASL shy away from iconicity in favor of arbitrariness.