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Title: Culture, Interaction and Person Reference in an Australian Language
Subtitle: An ethnography of Bininj Gunwok communication
Written By: Murray Garde
Series Title: Culture and Language Use 11

The study of person reference stands at the cross-roads of linguistics, anthropology and psychology. As one aspect of an ethnography of communication, this book deals with a single problem — how one knows who is being talked about in conversation — from a rich and varied ethnographic perspective. Through a combination of grammatical agreement and free pronouns, Bininj Gunwok possesses a pronominal system that, according to current theoretical accounts in linguistics, should facilitate clear cut reference. However, the descriptions of Bininj Gunwok conversation in this volume demonstrate that frequently a vast gulf lies between knowing that, say, an object is '3rd singular', and actually knowing who it refers to. Achieving reference to people in Bininj Gunwok can involve a delicate and refined set of calculations which are part of a deliberate and artful way of speaking. Speakers draw on a diverse set of grammatical and lexical devices all underpinned by shared knowledge about a diverse range of social relationships and cultural practices.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Gunwinggu
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027271242
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 99.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027202949
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
U.K. £ 83.00
Europe EURO 104.94