Iconicity in Akan Ideophones

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Iconicity in Akan Ideophones

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Iconicity in Akan Ideophones
Author: Kranenburg, Nelly van
Issue Date: 2014
Keywords: Akan, Ideophones, Iconicity
Abstract: This thesis report aims to analyze the different types of iconicity present in the Ghanaian language Akan. The ideophones existing in the different dialects of Akan are marked by pitch and placed in the center of focus by their special syntactic place at the boundary of the utterance they belong to. They can be categorized in the semantic domains of sound, movement, touch and vision. Their expressive morphology can add depictive concepts as gradation and iteration to their meaning. Imagic iconicity can be found in onomatopoeic ideophones. Of the possible Gestalt iconic mappings, three are prevalent: reduplication (evoking iteration or distribution), closed monosyllabicity (evoking a unitary event) and prolonged vowel length (evoking duration). Relative iconicity does not seem to be a prevalent feature of Akan ideophones.
Supervisor: Nyst, V. A. S.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: African Studies (Bachelor)
Specialisation: BA African Studies
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/28578
 

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