Publication details [#1112]

Course, Magnus. 2013. Speaking the Devil’s language: Ontological challenges to Mapuche intersubjectivity. Language & Communication 33 : 307–316. 10 pp.
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Amsterdam: Elsevier


This paper is concerned with intersubjectivity as evidenced in the discourse of the Mapuche people in rural southern Chile. Through ethnographic research it is argued that the Mapuche people share two distinct planes of intersubjectivity and that such a dissonance brings about ontological questions about the entities involved and their interaction. Especially personhood seems to be conceptualized as a constant movement outward in both literal and metaphorical terms while kinship terms may also be metaphorically construed.