Ideophones as used in W. Shasha’s Zihlabana Nje Ziyalamba

Z. Mtumane, R. N. Tabu

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This article examines the use of ideophones in the poetry of W. Shasha that is contained in the anthology Zihlabana nje ziyalamba (1992). As Shasha uses ideophones of different structures, this article will illustrate how the poet uses monosyllabic, disyllabic, tri-syllabic and quadri-syllabic ideophones. The concept of ideophones and the significance and effect of these ideophones on Shasha’s poetry will be highlighted in the discussion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalSouth African Journal of African Languages
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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