Publication details [#39584]

Ameka, Felix K. and Anneke Breedveld. 2004. Areal cultural scripts for social interaction in West African communities. Intercultural Pragmatics 1 (2) : 167–187.
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Walter de Gruyter


This paper deals with areal cultural scripts for social interaction and in particular with taboos in West African communities. Among the examples figure the taboos on the left hand use in social interaction, the use of personal names in adult address, the widespread inclination to employ intermediaries for serious communication, and a named avoidance behavior (yaage) specific to the Fulbe, a nomadic cattle-herding tribe.