F.K. Erhard Voeltz | Cologne University
Christa Kilian-Hatz | Cologne University
ISBN 9789027229465 (Eur) | EUR 135.00
ISBN 9781588110190 (USA) | USD 203.00
ISBN 9789027297235 | EUR 135.00 | USD 203.00
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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.
[Typological Studies in Language, 44] 2001.  x, 436 pp.
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“The volume provides the reader with enormously rich material on a wide range of languages. This alone is a good reason for having this book on one's shelf. Moreover, this phenomenon, having been neglected in linguistics for a long time, is shown to be worth the while to study. Typologists, ethnolinguists and semioticians will surely take an interest in the contents of the book.”
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