LINGUIST List 14.1779

Wed Jun 25 2003

Qs: Jespersen's Theories; Phonesthemes/Ideophones

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  1. Theorie of Jespersen about 'shifter'
  2. Jeannette Littlemore, Phonesthemes and ideophones

Message 1: Theorie of Jespersen about 'shifter'

Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 10:18:09 +0000
Subject: Theorie of Jespersen about 'shifter'

Dear e-group,

I'm writing my final thesis in Ethnology about the first generation
born in Israel - the Sabra. On my research I found an interesting
theorie about why exactly the notion Sabra was used for the new
Israelis. The author Mrs. Doleve-Gandelmann used the theorie of
Jespersen about 'index', 'symbol' and 'shifter. ''Shifters combine
both functions and belong therefore to the class of indexical
symbols''. In her assumption she transforms 'shifter' into 'cultural
shifter'. In order to use this theorie in my thesis I need the exact
list of references which Doleve-Gandelmann does not specify. Who knows
in which book Jespersen discuss the theme about 'shifter'
resp. 'indexical symbols'? Where can I find more information about
this issue? 

Thanks for any help, 
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Message 2: Phonesthemes and ideophones

Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2003 05:58:50 +0000
From: Jeannette Littlemore <>
Subject: Phonesthemes and ideophones

Can anybody tell me the difference between a phonestheme and an
ideophone? Both seem to be very interesting areas of research, but I'm
finding it difficult to distinguish between them. Any responses much
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