Sounds Like Life

Sounds Like Life

Sound-symbolic Grammar, Performance, and Cognition in Pastaza Quechua

eBook - 1996
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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 thebird'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 ofsensory perceptions including sounds, rhythms, and visual patterns. Nuckolls uses discourse data from everyday contexts to demonstrate the Quechua speakers' elaborate schematic perceptual structure to describe experience through sound-symbolic language. With words for contact with a surface, openingand closing, falling, sudden realizations, and moving through water and space, Nuckolls finds that sound-symbolism is integral to the Quechua speakers' way of thinking about and expressing their experience of the world.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
ISBN: 0195089855
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 298 p.) : ill.
Additional Contributors: ebrary, Inc


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