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No-name in central Australia

Simpson, Jane; Nash, David


The taboo against saying the name of recently deceased member of a community is reported from every continent. In central Australia it extends to the avoidance of any similar sounding word. The paper surveys the avoidance strategies used in central Australia, particularly among the Warlpiri, and considers a particular replacement word (kumunjayi) and its status as a name.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1981
Type: Conference paper
Book Title: Papers from the parasession on language and behavior, Chicago Linguistic Society May 1-2, 1981


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