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  1. Paul Peranteau, Typological Linguistics: Ideophones

Message 1: Typological Linguistics: Ideophones

Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2002 12:20:24 -0500
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Typological Linguistics: Ideophones

A new book on Typological Linguistics from John Benjamins Publishing:

F.K. Erhard VOELTZ and Christa KILLIAN-HATZ (Cologne University) (eds.)

Typological Studies in Language 44
2001. x, 436 pp. Hardcover
US & Canada: 1 58811 019 2 / USD 114.00
Rest of world: 90 272 2946 5 / EUR 125.00

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.

F.K.Erhard Voeltz and Christa Kilian-Hatz:Introduction;Barry 
Alpher:Ideophones in interaction with intonation
and the expression of new information in some indigenous languages of 
Felix K.Ameka:Ideophones and the nature of the adjective word class in Ewe;
Azeb Amha:Ideophones and compound verbs in Wolaitta;
G.Tucker Childs:Research on ideophones,whither hence?:The need for 
a social theory of ideophones;
Denis Creissels:Setswana ideophones as unin �ected predicative 
Francis O.Egbokhare: Phonosemantic correspondences in Emai attributive 
Stefan Elders:De �ning ideophones in Mundang;
Vesa Jarva:Some expressive and borrowed elements in the lexicon of 
Finnish dialects;
Nicky de Jong:The ideophone in Didinga;
N.S.Kabuta:Ideophones in Ciluba;
Christa Kilian-Hatz:Universality and diversity:
Ideophones from Baka and Kxoe;
Marian Klamer:Expressives and iconicity in the lexicon;
Daniel P.Kunene:Speaking the act:The ideophone as a linguistic rebel;
Omen N.Maduka-Durunze:Phonosemantic hierarchies;
William McGregor:Ideophones as the source of verbs in Northern Australian 
Eve Mikone:Ideophones in the Balto-Finnic languages;
C.T.Msimang and G.Poulos:The ideophone in Zulu:A re-
examination of conceptual and descriptive notions;
Paul Newman:Are ideophones really as weird and extra-systematic as linguists 
make them out to be?;
Philip A.Noss:Ideas,phones and Gbaya verbal art;
Janis B.Nuckolls:Ideophones in Pastaza Quechua;
Paulette Roulon-Doko:Le statut des id�ophones en gbaya;
Carl Rubino:Iconic morphology and word formation in Ilocano;
William J.Samarin:Testing hypotheses about African ideophones;
Ronald P.Schaefer:Ideophonic adverbs and manner gaps in Emai;
Eva Schultze-Berndt:Ideophone-like characteristics of uninflected predicates 
in Jaminjung (Australia);
Okombe-Lukumbu Tassa:La formation des radicaux d�id�ophoniques et des 
id�ophones d�verbatifs en t 7 t 7 la (dialecte ewango);
Richard L.Watson:A comparison of some Southeast Asian ideophones with some 
African ideophones;
F.K.Erhard Voeltz and Christa Kilian-Hatz:Bibliography of ideophone research.

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