[Lingtyp] An ideophone for cough?
stauskad at gmail.com
Fri Mar 11 10:33:00 UTC 2022
I always thought the word ‘cough’ had imitative origins in Germanic.
In Chinese 喀 kā (or reduplicated) is a coughing ideophone.
Jesse P. Gates, PhD
Nankai University, School of Literature 南开大学文学院
> On Mar 11, 2022, at 6:19 PM, hoelzlandreas at web.de wrote:
> Dear Raffaele,
> Manchu (Tungusic) has the following:
> keng 'the sound of coughing'
> keng kang 'the sound of many people coughing or clearing their throats'
> kohong kohong or korkong korkong 'the sound of repeated coughing'
> These would usually be integrated into the discourse with the help of the verb se- 'to say' that can also function as a quotative if following ideophones, imperatives, and direct speech.
> One of them is also the basis for the derivation of a verb:
> keng-si- or keng-še- 'to cough, to hack, to clear the throat; ...'
> Andi Hölzl
> Gesendet: Freitag, 11. März 2022 um 10:58 Uhr
> Von: "Raffaele Simone" <rsimone at os.uniroma3.it>
> An: "LINGTYP (lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org)" <lingtyp at listserv.linguistlist.org>
> Betreff: [Lingtyp] An ideophone for cough?
> Dear all,
> working on a paper on ideophones and their place in grammar and lexicon I happened to wonder how things are concerning cough.
> Romance languages and other which I am familiar with do not seem to have a standard ideophone for it and even less a stable an accepted written version of it.
> Do you know languages that have an ideophone for cough and even more a way of indicating it in writing?
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