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Social Categories, Shared Experience, Reciprocity and Endangered Meanings: Examples from Koromu (PNG)

Priestley, Carol


Speakers of many Trans New Guinea or Papuan languages use a number of reciprocal person-referring expressions. Various examples are found in the Papuan language of Koromu, spoken in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. This paper examines the meanings of Koromu reciprocal expressions that recall shared past experiences, in particular, social category terms connected with coming of age events and spontaneous nicknames created at the time events occur in the course of everyday life. The meanings...[Show more]

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Date published: 2013
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2013.846457


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