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Grammatical aesthetics in Wa

Watkins, Justin (2013) 'Grammatical aesthetics in Wa.' In: Williams, Jeffrey P., (ed.), The Aesthetics of Grammar: Sound and Meaning in the Languages of Mainland Southeast Asia. Cambridge University Press, pp. 99-117.

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Abstract

The languages of mainland Southeast Asia evidence an impressive array of elaborate grammatical resources, such as echo words, phonaesthetic words, chameleon affixes, chiming derivatives, onomatopoeic forms, ideophones and expressives. Speakers of these languages fashion grammatical works of art in order to express and convey emotions, senses, conditions and perceptions that enrich discourse. This book provides a detailed comparative overview of the mechanisms by which aesthetic qualities of speech operate as part of speakers' grammatical knowledge. Each chapter focuses on a different language and explores the grammatical information of a number of well- and lesser-known languages from mainland Southeast Asia. It will be of great interest to syntacticians, morphologists, linguistic anthropologists, language typologists, cognitive scientists interested in language, and instructors of Southeast Asian languages.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Keywords: Mainland Southeast Asia, linguistics, grammatical aesthetics
SOAS Departments & Centres: Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia
Faculty of Languages and Cultures > Department of Linguistics
ISBN: 9781107007123
Depositing User: Justin Watkins
Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2013 11:23
URI: http://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/17318

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