Publication details [#3439]

Fox, James J. 1974. 'Our ancestors spoke in pairs': Rotinese views of language, dialect and code. In Bauman, Richard and Joel Sherzer, eds. Explorations in the ethnography of speaking. Cambridge University Press. pp. 65–91.
Publication type
Article in book
Publication language
Language as a subject


A study of the conceptions the Rotinese hold of themselves and their language (talking and argumentation being their major delight). One code for formal interaction (a form of oral poetry requiring the coupling of fixed elements in the production of phrase and verb) is focused on.