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  1. Ideophones and (Non-)Arbitrariness in the K’Iche’ Poetry of Humberto Ak’Abal.Rusty Barrett - 2014 - Pragmatics and Society 5 (3):406-418.
    This paper examines the ways in which Ak’abal uses K’iche’ ideophones and arbitrariness to highlight differences between Mayan languages and Spanish. This paper focuses on Ak’abal’s sound poems constructed through the use of K’iche’ ideophones, primarily onomatopoetic forms representing natural phenomena such as animal sounds, the movement of water, and sounds associated with weather. Ak’abal often treats non-onomatopoetic words as ideophones, suggesting a direct relationship between K’iche’ signs and the natural elements of the environment. These uses of ideophones allow Ak’abal (...)
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