Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship

Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship : The Theoretical Importance of the Complexity of Everyday Life

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Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship presents a set of studies of the way that Mambila speakers in Cameroon talk about themselves and their kin. Author David Zeitlyn employs conversational analytic methods to further the study of kinship terminologies. This book takes an important step toward a new synthesis between the practice of ethnography and the study of language while presenting African natural language data (still rare in mainstream linguistics) in an accessible format.show more

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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 158 x 235 x 19mm | 444g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, charts
  • 0739108018
  • 9780739108017

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Zeitlyn has plunged enthusiastically into the domain of cultural instantiation, linking the formal structure of kinship terminologies with the arena of 'person referring conversations.' He brings to the surface a panoply of topics, ranging from the ethnography of a Mambila conversation to the problem of ethnographic translation, and shows us effective ways of integrating rigorous analysis with social and linguistic context. The result is a refreshing approach to kinship that recognizes its roots in past theories as it maps out new territory for future theorizing. -- Dwight Read, University of California, Los Angelesshow more

About David Zeitlyn

David Zeitlyn is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, Canterbury.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Reconstructing Kinship: The Pragmatics of Kin Talk Chapter 3 The Implicatures of Everyday Life: Mambila Social Deixis Chapter 4 Asking about People, Not about Kin Terms: An Experiment in Method and Interpretation Chapter 5 Translation, Anthropology, Kinship Chapter 6 The Ethnography of a Mambila Conversation Chapter 7 A Conversation in Somie Chapter 8 The Distribution of Person-Referring Expressions (PREs) in Natural Conversation Chapter 9 Summing up Kin Talk Chapter 10 Conclusionshow more

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