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- n. In phonetics, the auditory symbol of a word or phrase that is perceived as a whole and thus constitutes a single idea. Ideophones are distinguished as sensory or motor, according as the sound or group of sounds corresponding to the word or phrase is heard or spoken. See ideogram, 2. First used by A. J. Ellis.
“The nattō strings itself are often described by the Japanese ideophone nebaneba, which roughly translates as 'viscid' or 'gooey'.”
“If a branch of almond blossoms against a blue sky is represented verbally (as in this sentence) and by a Van Gogh, an ideophone is more like the Van Gogh”
“Semantically dense evoke experiences holistically verb bà sɛ noun kà-tu ɔ̀-fà ɔ̀-turi ideophone wɔkɔlɔɔ pumbuluu safaraa vɛlɛvɛlɛ”
“Ideophones occur profusely in daily interaction in Siwu in a corpus of 65+ minutes of natural discourse (3000 utterances), there are 240 ideophone tokens chatter, arguments, stories, deliberation, flirtation, gossip, greeting routines, etc.”
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