講題：A preliminary study of onomatopoeia in Tungho Saisiyat
The present talk will introduce the phonological internal word structure and grammatical characteristics of onomatopoetic words in Tungho Saisiyat, with an excursus on interjections, based on about 80 forms collected with the help of informants from the Tungho village.
Though onomatopoeia and ideophones are usually distinguished from interjections, they play the same role in the “feeding” mechanisms whereby nouns, verbs and adverbs are derived from these three categories. They may all constitute the basis for the lexicon found in Saisiyat (verbs and/or nouns might be derived from interjections, onomatopoeia and ideophones).
I will show that interjections, onomatopoeia and ideophones constitute three distinct categories, each (sub)categories is characterized by specific phonological and morpho-syntactic features. The (non-)occurrence of the evidential =sha’ ‘EVID’ allows to make a clear distinction between interjections on the one hand, onomatopoeia and ideophones on the other. Interjections and ideophones differ morphosyntactically and semantically (non-words that express feelings expressed at speech time (ST) vs. words with specific sensory meaning)
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