Article published in:Landscape in Language: Transdisciplinary perspectives
Edited by David M. Mark, Andrew G. Turk, Niclas Burenhult and David Stea
[Culture and Language Use 4] 2011
► pp. 143–166
Landscape in Western Pantar, a Papuan outlier of southern Indonesia
This chapter describes the landscape, streamscape, and seascape terminology of Western Pantar, a non-Austronesian (“Papuan”) language spoken in the Alor archipelago of eastern Indonesia. In Western Pantar reference to elevations is achieved through named places of habitation rather than through generic landform terms; water bodies are denoted according to their quality rather than their form; and seascape terms reflect a focus on intertidal foraging and minimal use of open sea resources.
Published online: 09 June 2011
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