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      A demonstration-based account of (pluractional) ideophones

      Semantics and Linguistic Theory

      Linguistic Society of America

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          This paper develops a novel formal semantics of ideophones that can account for their meaning and compositional properties. The proposal extends recent work on iconicity in sign languages in Davidson (2015), whose demonstration- based framework provides a formal foundation for the semantics of ideophones that captures the difference between descriptive meaning and depictive meaning, the kind of meaning ideophones traffic in. After providing a demonstration-based account of the basic ideophone construction in the Mayan language Tseltal, the paper then shows how the demonstration-based account can be used to analyze pluractionality in the ideophone domain. In particular, through case studies on Tseltal and Upper Necaxa Totonanc (Totonacan), I show that there are two previously unrecognized types of ideophonic pluractionality, and that their properties support the demonstration-based account.

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          Journal
          Semantics and Linguistic Theory
          SALT
          Linguistic Society of America
          2163-5951
          October 15 2016
          October 15 2016
          : 26
          : 664
          Article
          10.3765/salt.v26i0.3786
          © 2016

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