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Title:Igbo verbs of cooking: a lexical semantic analysis
Authors:Okeke, Chukwuma
Igbeaku, Benjamin
Periodical:Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa (ISSN 1753-5395)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Igbo language
food preparation
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2014.983146
Abstract:Food passes through different processes before it becomes a finished edible product. These processes are judged to be related because they are derived from the same semantic field, which involves the heating process known as 's' (cook). This paper investigates the verbs of cooking in the Igbo language using hyponymy as a tool for descriptive analysis. The objective is to investigate the Igbo verbs of cooking food vis--vis their relationship of inclusion and exclusion within a lexical field. The result shows that there is only one super-ordinate term s in all the Igbo verbs of cooking with many sub-ordinate terms (hyponyms). However, each food item has its own set of co-hyponyms within a semantic field. Therefore, hyponymy in Igbo verbs of cooking is determined by the type of food and the process(es) involved in the cooking. Again, there is mutual complementation of the verb's image schema with the noun for it to be selected. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]