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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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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All languages feature sound symbolism, which occurs when the form of a linguistic utterance resembles in some way what it describes or refers to. Onomatopoeic words, such as thump and whack, are a couple of examples from English. For English speakers and other westerners, however, sound symbolism is relegated to whimsical styles of speech and writing.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Janis B Nuckolls
ISBN: 0195089855 9780195089851
OCLC Number: 31753944
Description: xiv, 298 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
Contents: 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 --
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 --
12. Sound Symbols of Deformation --
13. Sound Symbols of Suddenness and Completiveness --
14. Conclusion --
Appendix: Conjugation of rina.
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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