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Title: Ideophones
Edited By: F. K. Erhard Voeltz
Christa Kilian-Hatz
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=TSL%2044
Series Title: Typological Studies in Language 44
Description:

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.

Publication Year: 2001
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Morphology
Phonology
Semantics
Sociolinguistics
Typology
Subject Language(s): Baka
Didinga
Djamindjung
Ewe
Iloko
Gbaya
Emae
Mundang
Quechua, Southern Pastaza
Tswana
Wolaytta
Kxoe
Zulu
Language Family(ies): Australian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027229465
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 436
Prices: Europe EURO 135
 
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588110192
ISBN-13: 9781588110190
Pages: 436
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