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Title:Ideophones and African verse
Author:Mphande, LupengaISNI
Year:1992
Periodical:Research in African Literatures
Volume:23
Issue:1
Pages:117-129
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:African identity
Indo-European languages
poetry
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3819954
Abstract:How can African identity be best maintained in African literature that is written in European languages? The author sheds light on this issue by focusing on one important feature of African literature, the ideophone (a representation of an idea in sound). How do ideophones function? What is their role in African literature? What implications do they have for African identity? Are they equally important in oral and written, and in African-language and European-language literature? The author addresses these questions on the basis of data drawn from a study of African verse. Bibliogr.
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