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Author Nuckolls, Janis B

Title Lessons from a Quechua strongwoman : ideophony, dialogue, and perspective / Janis B. Nuckolls
Published Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©2010


Description 1 online resource (xv, 228 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series First peoples : new directions in Indigenous studies
First peoples (2010)
Contents On riveting objectivity -- On ecological dialogism -- On nonhuman role models and new correspondences -- On the nature-to-culture continuum -- On tenaciously persisting
Summary "Nuckolls shows through detailed data analysis how much the scholarly community still has left to learn. The materials are very rich, and the narratives themselves, effectively translated by the author, energe as works of art in their own right"--Michael Uzendoski, author of The Napo Runa of Amazonian Ecuador
Using the intriguing stories and words of a Quechua-speaking woman named Luisa Cadena from the Pastaza Province of Ecuador, Janis B. Nuckolls reveals a complex language system in which ideophony, dialogue, and perspective are all at the core of cultural and grammatical communications among Amazonian Quechua speakers
This book is a fascinating look at ideophones--words that communicate succinctly through imitative sound qualities. They are the core of Quechua speakers' discourse--both linguistic and cultural--because they allow agency and reaction to substances and entities as well as beings. Nuckolls shows that Luisa Cadena's uttrerances give every individual, major or minor, a voice in her narrative. Sometimes as subtle as a barely felt movement or unintelligible sound, the language supports an amazingly wide variety of voices
Cadena's narratives and commentaries on everyday events reveal that sound imitation through ideophones, representations of dialogues between humans and nonhumans, and grammatical distinctions between a speaking self and an other are all part of a language system that allows for the possibility of shared affects, intentions, moral values, and meaningful, communicative interactions between humans and nonhumans. --Book Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Quechua language -- Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza) -- Ideophone
Quechua language -- Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza) -- Lexicology
Quechua language -- Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza) -- Semantics
Culture -- Semiotic models.
Quechua women -- Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza) -- Social conditions
Quechua philosophy -- Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza)
Culture -- Semiotic models
Quechua language -- Semantics
Quechua philosophy
Social conditions
Puyo (Pastaza, Ecuador) -- Social conditions
Ecuador -- Puyo (Pastaza)
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010000875
ISBN 9780816501793