TITLE

Ideophones and African Verse

AUTHOR(S)
Mphande, Lupenga
PUB. DATE
March 1992
SOURCE
Research in African Literatures;Spring1992, Vol. 23 Issue 1, p117
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Literary Criticism
ABSTRACT
The article discusses the relevance of ideophones in African-language prose, poetry, and drama. One of the unique features of African languages is the widespread use of what has come to be known as the ideophone, which has been defined in terms of a semantic-functional approach, based largely on the study of Southern African Bantu languages. The phonological characterization of the ideophone has not received as much attention as the semantic-functional approach, although it identifies a quality that is equally important in the appreciation of literature.
ACCESSION #
15515839

 

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