Ideophones

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Erhard Friedrich Karl Voeltz, Christa Kilian-Hatz
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2001 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 434 pages
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The present volume represents a selection of papers presented at the International Symposium on Ideophones held in January 1999 in St. Augustin, Germany. They center around the following hypotheses: Ideophones are universal; and constitute a grammatical category in all languages of the world; ideophones and similar words have a special dramaturgic function that differs from all other word classes: they simulate an event, an emotion, a perception through language. In addition to this unique function, a good number of formal parallels can be observed. The languages dealt with here display strikingly similar patterns of derivational processes involving ideophones. An equally widespread common feature is the introduction of ideophones via a verbum dicendi or complementizer. Another observation concerns the sound-symbolic behavior of ideophones. Thus the word formation of ideophones differs from other words in their tendency for iconicity and sound-symbolism. Finally it is made clear that ideophones are part of spoken language the language register, where gestures are used rather than written language.
 

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Ideophones and the nature of the adjective word class in Ewe
25
Ideophones and compound verbs in Wolaitta
49
The need for a social theory
63
Phonosemantic correspondences in Emai attributive ideophones
87
Some expressive and borrowed elements in the lexicon of Finnish
111
Ideophones in Ciluba
139
Ideophones from Baka and Kxoe
155
Expressives and iconicity in the lexicon
165
Ideophones in Pastaza Quechua
271
Le statut des ideophones en gbaya
287
Iconic morphology and word formation in Ilocano
303
Testing hypotheses about African ideophones
321
Ideophonic adverbs and manner gaps in Emai
339
Ideophonelike characteristics of uninflected predicates in Jaminjung
355
La formation des radicaux deideophonique et des ideophones
375
A comparison of some Southeast Asian ideophones with some African
385

The ideophone as a linguistic rebel
183
Ideophones as the source of verbs in Northern Australian languages
205
Ideophones in the BaltoFinnic languages
223
Are ideophones really as weird and extrasystematic as linguists make
251

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