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Ku Waru : language and segmentary politics in the western Nebilyer Valley, Papua New Guinea

Author: Francesca Merlan; Alan Rumsey
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1991.
Series: Studies in the social and cultural foundations of language, no. 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This 1991 book furthers our understanding of the interaction between social structures, historical events and particularly, of the crucial role of talk.

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Genre/Form: Texts
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Merlan; Alan Rumsey
ISBN: 0521323398 9780521323390
OCLC Number: 24702444
Notes: English, Miyemu, and Tok Pisin.
Description: xvii, 387 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: 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.
Series Title: Studies in the social and cultural foundations of language, no. 10.
Responsibility: Francesca Merlan and Alan Rumsey.
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