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The semiotics of world-making in Korowai feast longhouses

Stasch, Rupert


Among spatially-dispersed Korowai speakers of West Papua, Indonesia, the members of a land-owning clan aggregate every 10 years or so to build a huge longhouse for purposes of sponsoring a feast and giving food to people from elsewhere. This paper analyzes the semiotic links between a feast longhouse and multiple spatiotemporal layers of the building's context of occurrence, including: the space and time of the owning clan's internal social relations, the space of the wider interlocal Korowai...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Language and Communication
DOI: 10.1016/S0271-5309(03)00015-6


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