Ideophones and the Evolution of Language

Ideophones and the Evolution of Language Ideophones have been recognized in modern linguistics at least since but they still lie far outside the concerns of mainstream Western linguistic debate in part because they are most richly att

  • Title: Ideophones and the Evolution of Language
  • Author: John Haiman
  • ISBN: 9781108184571
  • Page: 218
  • Format: ebook
  • Ideophones have been recognized in modern linguistics at least since 1935, but they still lie far outside the concerns of mainstream Western linguistic debate, in part because they are most richly attested in relatively unstudied often unwritten languages The evolution of language, on the other hand, has recently become a fashionable topic, but all speculations so farIdeophones have been recognized in modern linguistics at least since 1935, but they still lie far outside the concerns of mainstream Western linguistic debate, in part because they are most richly attested in relatively unstudied often unwritten languages The evolution of language, on the other hand, has recently become a fashionable topic, but all speculations so far have been almost totally data free Without disputing the tenet that there are no primitive languages, this book argues that ideophones may be an atavistic throwback to an earlier stage of communication, where sounds and gestures were paired in what can justifiably be called a prelinguistic fashion The structure of ideophones may also provide answers to deeper questions, among them how communicative gestures may themselves have emerged from practical actions Moreover, their current distribution and behaviour provide hints as to how they may have become conventional words in languages with conventional rules.

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