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Sounds like life : sound-symbolic grammar, performance, and cognition in Pastaza Quechua

Author: Janis B Nuckolls
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Series: Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics, 2.
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Sound-symbolism occurs when words resemble the sounds associated with the phenomena they attempt to describe, rather than an arbitrary representation. For example the word raven is arbitrary in that it does not resemble a raven; cuckoo, however, is sound -symbolic in that it resembles the bird's call. In Sounds Like Life, Janis Nuckolls studies the occurrence of sound-symbolic words in Pastaza Quechua (a dialect of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Nuckolls, Janis B.
Sounds like life.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(DLC) 94048118
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Janis B Nuckolls
ISBN: 1423736664 9781423736660 1601299850 9781601299857 9780195089851 0195089855
OCLC Number: 191937026
Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 298 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Abbreviations and Symbols; I: Sound-Symbolic Grammar and Performance; 1 Introduction; 2 The Theoretical Dimensions of Aspect; 3 The Grammatical Ecology of Aspect in Pastaza Quechua; 4 The Performative Expression of Durativity and Perfectivity; 5 Sound-Symbolic Involvement; 6 Signs of Life in Sound; II: The Sound-Symbolic Construction of Spatiotemporal Experience; 7 Sound-Symbolic Iconicity and Grammar; 8 Sound-Symbolic Contrasts of Sensible Experience; 9 Sound Symbols of Contact and Penetration; 10 Sound Symbols of Opening and Closing; 11 Sound Symbols of Falling.
Series Title: Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics, 2.
Responsibility: Janis B. Nuckolls.

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Nuckolls studies the occurrence of sound-symbolic words - words that bear resemblance to phenomena they attempt to describe - in an Ecuadorian dialect of Quechua, a major South American language. She  Read more...

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