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Author Nuckolls, Janis B.

Title Sounds like life : sound-symbolic grammar, performance, and cognition in Pastaza Quechua / Janis B. Nuckolls
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 298 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 2
Oxford studies in anthropological linguistics ; 2
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
Summary 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 Quechua), which is spoken in eastern Ecuador. The use of sound-symbolic words is much more prevalent in Pastaza Quechua than in any other language, and they symbolize a wider range
Analysis Language
South America
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 289-294) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Quechua language -- Aspect.
Quechua language -- Onomatopoeic words.
Quechua language -- Ecuador -- Pastaza (Province)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 94048118
ISBN 0195089855 (Cloth)
1423736664 (electronic bk.)
1601299850
9780195089851 (Cloth)
9781423736660 (electronic bk.)
9781601299857
(acid-free paper)