The sensori-semantic clustering of ideophonic meaning in Pastaza Quichua
Pastaza Quichua, ideophone, sound symbolism
I formulate an approach to ideophone semantics which, though based on a corpus from Pastaza Quichua, a South American indigenous language, has potential for analyzing the semantics of ideophone systems more generally. Research on ideophones’ formal properties has preoccupied an increasing number of scholars, while systematic semantic analyses are lagging. Ideophones’ semantics pose challenges because of their intonation and gesture, sound symbolism, and sensory complexity. These qualities require an approach going beyond the traditional mono-sensory classifications, which have dominated ideophones’ semantic descriptions. Using a sensory cluster diagram featuring an implicational logic based on 10 super- and subcategories of sensory experience, this paper analyzes a sample of ideophones drawn from an online corpus featuring 500 archived ideophones.
Original Publication Citation
The sensorisemantic clustering of ideophonic meaning in Pastaza Quichua, chapter for book entitled Ideophones and Linguistic Theories, Kimi Akita, Prashant Pardeshi (eds.) for a volume in the John Benjamins' Iconicity in Language and Literature series (series editors: Olga Fischer and Christina Ljungberg).
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Nuckolls, Janis B., "The sensori-semantic clustering of ideophonic meaning in Pastaza Quichua" (2019). Faculty Publications. 6311.
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