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American Headway Workbook 3

American Headway Workbook 3 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0194353847

Cover of American Headway Workbook 3 03 (ISBN 978-0194353847)
ISBN13: 978-0194353847
ISBN10: 0194353842
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 2003
International: No

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American Headway Workbook 3 - 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0194353847

John Soars and Liz Soars

ISBN13: 978-0194353847
ISBN10: 0194353842
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 03
Publisher: Oxford University Press

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

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 the bird'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 of sensory 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, opening and 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.


Features:

  • First comprehensive treatment of sound-symbolic semantics and grammar
  • Synthesizes a grammatical analysis of sound-symbolism with a study of performative discourse

Author Bio

Nuckolls, Janis B. : University of Alabama-Birmingham

Janis B. Nuckolls, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Alabama-Birmingham

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