sexta-feira, julho 19, 2013

learning moments: #ideophones

The linguistic culture of Quechua-speaking Runa privileges the use of ideophones [words that are vivid representations of ideas, sensations or impressions through their sound]. Through ideophones, Runa enact a sentiment of shared animateness that aligns them with the nonhuman life-world. Sound is the perfect medium for the expression of this alignment because sound is possible only when there is movement, and movement of any kind is the prototypical criterion for animateness.

Janis B. Nuckolls (in Language in Nature in Sound Alligment, in Hearing Cultures. Essays on Sound, Listening and Modernity, 2004)


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