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From mountain talk to hidden talk: Continuity and change in Awiakay registers

Hoenigman, Darja


When the Awiakay of East Sepik Province in Papua New Guinea left their village or bush camps and went to the mountains, they used a different linguistic register, �mountain talk�, in which several lexical items are replaced by their avoidance terms. In this way the Awiakay would prevent mountain spirits from sending sickness or dense fog in which they would get lost on their journeys. Over the last decade people�s trips to the mountain have become more frequent due to the eaglewood business....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: Melanesian Languages on the Edge of Asia: Challenges for the 21st Century


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