Definitions of ideophones

Given the long history of interest in ideophones, it is remarkable that there are relatively few definitions intended for comparative use. This table compares a number of accounts of ideophones used or intended for cross-linguistic comparisons. It shows how every definition has its own points of emphasis, but also that across the board, there is strong convergence in the properties proposed as fundamental to understanding ideophones.

Dingemanse, M. (2019). “Ideophone” as a comparative concept. In K. Akita & P. Pardeshi (Eds.), Ideophones, Mimetics, Expressives (pp. 13–33). John Benjamins. PDF