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Full Title: Workshop on Ideophones: Noun, Verb, Both or Neither?

Location: Split, Croatia
Start Date: 18-Sep-2013 - 21-Sep-2013
Contact: George Moroz
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: Organizers:

Daria Mishchenko (
Llacan CNRS (Paris)
Institute for Linguistic Studies Russian Academy of Sciences (Saint-Petersburg)

George Moroz (
Moscow State University

This workshop will focus on the ideophones and specifically on their part-of-speech assignment. As the International Symposium on Ideophones held in January 1999 in St. Augustin, Germany proved, one can assume that ideophones are a universal category and exist in all languages of the world. According to the classical definition of ideophones by Doke, they couldn’t be grouped with any particular grammatical category normally recognized, and therefore they constituted a category in their own right [1935]. But is it really the case? Hein van der Voort [2004] in his minute description of the Kwaza (unclassified indigenous Amazonian language) wrote that ideophones are sound symbolic words, but sometimes occur as verb roots as well. Nicky de Jong [2001] gives a detailed overview of formal properties of ideophones in the Eastern Sudanic language Didinga. Regarding their phonotactics as well as their syntactic behavior, he concludes that ideophones in Didingamust are to be considered a subclass of adverbs. Eve Mikone [2001] noted that in Estonian and Finnish ideophones are interpreted syntactically as verbs and substantives. According to our own data, in some languages of the Caucasus such as Adyghe (Northwest Caucasian) or Dargwa (East-Caucasian) the ideophones should be considered as a subclass of nouns.

The workshop will cover the following major research areas with reference to the ideophones:

- Grammatical categories and syntactic behavior of the ideophones
- Language specific features which influence upon the strategies of the ideophones expressing
- Correlations between ideophones and sound symbolism
- Correlations between the terms ideophones, onomatopoeia, verboids and sound words
Linguistic Subfield: General Linguistics; Morphology; Syntax; Typology
LL Issue: 23.4591

This is a session of the following meeting:
46th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea

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