[Lingtyp] Ideophonic intonation
gk101 at cam.ac.uk
Mon Oct 23 02:12:03 EDT 2017
In some Neo-Aramaic dialects there are constructions consisting of a
repetitive collocation of two nouns with a distinctive rise-fall prosody
on the final syllable of the first noun, which is not found in other
contexts. The syllable with the distinctive prosody carries the nuclear
stress of the intonation group. Such repetitions express diversity and
large numbers, e.g. (nuclear stress marked with a grave accent):
/ticì tícə /'lots of pieces'
/jurrì júrrə /'various kinds'
You can find more details in
Khan, Geoffrey. 2016. /The Neo-Aramaic Dialect of the Assyrian
Christians of Urmi/. Leiden-Boston: Brill, vol. 2, p.92-93.
On 22/10/2017 19:14, Laura McPherson wrote:
> 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.
> Many thanks,
> Laura McPherson
> Assistant Professor of Linguistics
> Dartmouth College
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