Ideophones, Adverbs, and Predicate Qualification in Upper Necaxa Totonac1

  title={Ideophones, Adverbs, and Predicate Qualification in Upper Necaxa Totonac1},
  author={David Beck},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={1 - 46}
  • D. Beck
  • Published 1 January 2008
  • History
  • International Journal of American Linguistics
Ideophones—sometimes called “expressives”—are familiar from descriptions of African languages and are now relatively well documented in a number of languages of Eurasia, Oceania, and Australia. This paper examines ideophones in Upper Necaxa Totonac, a Mesoamerican language, details a number of their distinctive phonological, morphological, and semantic properties, and compares these with the properties of more traditional‐looking adverbs. While ideophones do turn out to be distinguishable from… Expand
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