Social Structure, Space and Possession in Tongan Culture and Language

An ethnolinguistic study

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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.
[Culture and Language Use, 2]  2010.  xv, 272 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of maps, figures and tables
ix–xii
Acknowledgements
xiii–xiv
Symbols and abbreviations
xv–xvi
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–24
Part I. Anthropological issues
Chapter 2. Social structure
27–56
Chapter 3. Land and the symbolic meaning of space
57–76
Chapter 4. Possession and gift exchange
77–96
Chapter 5. Conclusion:: Connecting remarks on social structure, space and possession
97–102
Photo illustrations
101–102
Part II. Linguistic issues
103–244
Part II. Linguistic issues
103–244
Chapter 7. A- and O-possession
155–194
Chapter 8. The language of respect
195–238
Chapter 9. Conclusions
239–244
References
245–252
Appendix 1. Question catalogue of the Niutouan inquiry (in English and Tongan)
253–256
Appendix 2. Lists of A- and O-possessed semantic categories and single items in different Polynesian languages
257–260
Appendix 3. List of A- and O-possessed semantic categories and single concrete nouns in Tongan according to Churchward (cf. 1953: 81–87)
261–266
Glossary of Tongan terms
267–270
Index
271–272
“The volume is of interest to anthropologists as well as linguists and gives great insights into the interaction of cognition, culture and language usage.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010028220 | Marc record