Published in The Ideophone
Author Mark Dingemanse

Ideophones, like so many things in life, are easy to identify but hard to define. Many researchers have grumbled about the shortcomings of Doke’s descriptive characterization of ideophones (see discussion here), but few have attempted to formulate an alternative. For better or worse, I did, 1 but it took me a few iterations to arrive at something that I felt worked well enough to be useful in cross-linguistic research.