[Lingtyp] Ideophonic intonation

Randy LaPolla randy.lapolla at gmail.com
Mon Oct 23 02:47:23 EDT 2017


Dear Laura, 
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for, but see the discussion of tone in Cantonese polysyllabic expressives in this paper:

LaPolla, Randy J. 1994. An experimental investigation into sound symbolism as it relates to Mandarin Chinese. In Leanne Hinton, Johanna Nichols,  and John Ohala (eds.), Studies in Sound Symbolism, 130-147. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 
www.ntu.edu.sg/home/randylapolla/Papers/LaPolla_1994_An_Experimental_Investigation_into_Sound_Symbolism_as_it_Relates_to_Mandarin_C
hinese.pdf 

All the best,
Randy LaPolla

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> On 23 Oct 2017, at 2:12 PM, Geoffrey Khan <gk101 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> 
> Dear Laura,
> 
> 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. 
> 
> Best wishes,
> 
> Geoffrey Khan
> 
> 
>> 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
>> 
>> 
>> Laura McPherson
>> Assistant Professor of Linguistics
>> Dartmouth College
>> 
>> 
>> 
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