Intensifying Ideophones in Three Luhya Languages

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Dokumentart: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
Date: 2018-07-16
Language: English
Faculty: 9 Sonstige / Externe
Department: Sonstige/Externe
DDC Classifikation: 400 - Language and Linguistics
Keywords: Linguistik , Semantik , Feldforschung , Bantu , Luhia
Other Keywords:
Bantu Languages
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Ideophones are typically described as “marked words that depict sensory imagery” (Dingemanse 2011, 25). This paper addresses ideophone data from three Luhya languages: Llogoori, Lunyore, and Lutiriki (Bantu, Kenya). Our primary claim is descriptive: we show that there is a closed class of (previously undescribed) Luhya ideophones. We illustrate how the Luhya data is consistent with what is known about ideophones cross-linguistically, and give a preliminary semantic analysis of the Luhya ideophones as degree intensifiers.

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