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LINGUIST List 23.671

Wed Feb 08 2012

Books: Anthropological Linguistics/Linguistics and Literature: Senft

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        1.     Paul Peranteau , The Tuma Underworld of Love: Senft


Message 1: The Tuma Underworld of Love: Senft
Date: 31-Jan-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: The Tuma Underworld of Love: Senft
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Title: The Tuma Underworld of Love
Subtitle: Erotic and other narrative songs of the Trobriand Islanders and their spirits of the dead
Series Title: Culture and Language Use, 5
Published: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/#catalog/books/clu.5/main

Author: Gunter Senft
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027284693 Pages: 138 Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027284693 Pages: 138 Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202871 Pages: 138 Price: Europe EURO 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027202871 Pages: 138 Price: U.S. $ 135.00
Abstract:

Although Kilivila - the Austronesian language of the Trobriand Islanders of
Papua New Guinea - is not an endangered language, there are two
metalinguistically labeled varieties or registers of this language which are
moribund by now: These varieties are the "biga megwa" - the language of
magic and the "biga baloma" - the language of the spirits of the dead. The
latter language variety is an archaic variety of Kilivila. It is constituted by
specific songs - the so-called "wosi milamala" - the harvest festivals songs
which are not only sung during these festivals but also after the death of a
Trobriander during the first mourning ceremonies. The majority of these songs
describe in a highly poetic way the carefree 'life' of the spirits of the dead in
their 'underworld paradise' on Tuma which is one of the Trobriand Island. The
songs codify the most important aspects of the Trobriand Islanders'
eschatological belief system which explains what happens when someone
dies. Although the songs are still sung by the Trobriand Islanders because of
their ritual impact, most of the singers no longer understand the lyrics they
have learned by heart. This volume not only documents 20 song cycles and
thus contributes to preserve the knowledge of the traditional belief system of
the Trobriand Islanders, it also presents an anthropological linguistic analysis
of their eschatological content and provides a critical review of Bronislaw
Malinowski's ethnography on the topic. The interested reader of this book
also has the opportunity to access the internet and listen to most of the
original data presented in the volume.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Ling & Literature
Language Family(ies): Austronesian

Written In: English (eng)

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