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Onomatopoeic Infinitives and Nouns in EkeGusii: Evidence for imagic and relative iconicity
作者: Elijah Omwansa Mariera PDF下载
工作单位: Kisii University, Kenya
期数: 2020年总第12期
页码: 36-54
出版日期: 2020-06-30
摘要: Whether meaning is arbitrary or motivated remains a matter of unsettled linguistic debate. The main purpose of this discussion is to bring to linguistic attention the level of motivation in EkeGusii, a Bantu language of the Niger-Congo family spoken in Kenya, using onomatopoeic infinitives and nouns, and to attest that meaning is considerably iconic. It does not look convenient to classify onomatopes under ideophones. Imagic iconicity plays a central role in the two word classes, though imagic and relative iconicity intersect in cacophonous, reduplicative, and inherently onomatopoeic nouns. In EkeGusii, onomatopes are either explicit or implicit. It becomes clear that onomatopoeia acquires a metaphorical function in certain idiomatic expressions in EkeGusii.
关键词: explicit and implicit onomatopoeia, parrot role, reflexive onomatopes, cacophony
文章编号: doi: 10.26478/ja2020.8.12.3
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