[Lingtyp] Ideophonic intonation
laura.emcpherson at gmail.com
Sun Oct 22 14:14:21 EDT 2017
Dear typology colleagues,
I am thinking about writing about ideophones in Seenku (Samogo,
Northwestern Mande), and in particular about an ideophonic intonation
pattern that I have seen with many different ideophones that I am calling
"bouncing ball intonation". Briefly, it is characterized by repetition of
the ideophonic stem/morpheme, slowly at first, then with increasing speed,
like a bouncing ball coming to a stop.
Ideophones are of course often characterized by repetition (reduplication,
retriplication) and by unusual prosody, but I am interested in published
sources or other cases you know of where there is a larger fixed prosodic
or intonational template that different ideophones can be slotted into and
whether any meaning is associated with it.
Assistant Professor of Linguistics
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