nOur knowledge of the extent of ideophones in particular African languages is in part because their recording
reflects the worldview of
the compiler of the lexicon.
nOur knowledge of their use is often
highly defective even for language where the lexical forms have been documented because of the way we write grammars.
nIt is clear that ideophones can be
or syntactically marked, but this is not a necessary requirement
nIt is probably better to treat them as
an ‘experiential’ class, some thing which describes and intensifies the interaction with the sensory world
nand to acknowledge that African
languages at least also have other related word classes which also remain in descriptive limbo