Visual perception in Doromu-Koki

Bradshaw, Robert L. (2021) Visual perception in Doromu-Koki. In: Baş, Melike, and Kraska-Szlenk, Iwona, (eds.) Embodiment in Cross-Linguistic Studies - the 'eye'. Brill’s Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture, 31 . Brill, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 307-330.

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Doromu-Koki, a Papuan language of Central Province, Papua New Guinea, has numerous body part terms which have both literal and figurative meanings, expressing both concrete and abstract concepts. A closer look at one of these body part terms, ne ‘eye’, demonstrates that it can be used in a number of constructions, including noun phrases, complex verbs, and serial verb constructions. These constructions allow for various means of describing physical conditions and other related body part terms, including ne-moko ‘eyeball’ and ne ro ‘eyelid’ (lit. ‘eye skin’). I further illustrate both metaphorical and metonymical figures of speech. Likewise, the verb ve- ‘see, look (at), watch’ is used in complex verb and serial verb constructions, such as vei mama re- ‘realise, recognise’ (lit. ‘see completely do’) and vei-feide- ‘look carefully at’ (lit. ‘see-leave’). Similar types of constructions are also observed in other Papuan languages. This examination of Doromu-Koki visual perception aims to enhance our understanding of the typological features of perceptual conceptualisation

Item ID: 71053
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-04-49858-7
Keywords: Doromu-Koki, typological understanding, Papuan Language,
Copyright Information: Copyright 2022 by Melike Baş and Iwona Kraska-Szlenk. Published by Koninklijke Brill nv, Leiden, The Netherlands.
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2021 02:54
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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