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Thu Dec 16 2010

Books: Anthropological Ling/Socioling/Lang Documentation: Völkel

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and Language: Völkel

Message 1: Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and Language: Völkel
Date: 11-Dec-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and Language: Völkel
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Title: Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and
Language
Subtitle: An ethnolinguistic study
Series Title: Culture and Language Use 2

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
http://www.benjamins.com/


Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CLU%202


Author: Svenja Völkel

Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287724 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027287724 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202833 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202833 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202833 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 100.70


Abstract:

This interdisciplinary study investigates the relationship between culture,
language and cognition based on the aspects of social structure, space and
possession in Tonga, Polynesia. Grounded on extensive field research,
Völkel explores the subject from an anthropological as well as from a
linguistic perspective. The book provides new insights into the language of
respect, an honorific system which is deeply anchored in the societal
hierarchy, spatial descriptions that are determined by socio-cultural and
geocentric parameters, kinship terminology and possessive categories that
perfectly express the system of social status inequalities among relatives.
These examples impressively show that language is deeply anchored in its
cultural context. Moreover, the linguistic structures reflect the underlying
cognitive frame of its speakers. Just as several cultural practices (sitting
order, access to land and gift exchange processes) the linguistic means are
not only expressions of stratified social networks but also tools to
maintain or negotiate the underlying socio-cultural system.



Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Language Documentation
Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): Tonga (tnz)


Written In: English (eng)

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