Ku Waru: Language and Segmentary Politics in the Western Nebilyer Valley, Papua New Guinea

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April 2006



This book furthers our understanding of the interaction between social structures, historical events and particularly, of the crucial role of talk.


List of illustrations; List of tables; List of abbreviations; Preface and acknowledgments; 1. Introduction; 2. The setting; 3. Some aspects of Ku Waru segmentary sociality; 4. Ceremonial exchange and marriage in the Western Nebilyer Valley; 5. Some linguistic structures of segmentary politics; 6. Warfare compensation payment of Laulku: an analysis; 7. Compensation at Palimung and the Kulka women's club; 8. The events in perspective; 9. Perspectives on 'event'; Appendices: A. Transcript of proceedings at Kailge on July 24, 1983; B. Grammatical sketch of Bo Una, Ku Waru dialect; C. The conduct of warfare; D. Ku Waru metalinguistic expressions; Chapter notes; Glossary; References; Index.


'... searching and brilliant re-assessment of social definition in the highlands.' Roy Wagner, Oceania '... Merlan and Rumsey have accomplished nothing less than a revolution in the understanding of Central New Guinea Highland sociality'. James F. Weiner, Man
EAN: 9780521025249
ISBN: 0521025249
Untertitel: 'Studies in the Social and Cult'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2006
Seitenanzahl: 412 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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