Possession and Ownership in Manambu, a Ndu Language from the Sepik Area, Papua New Guinea

Aikhenvald, Alexandra (2013) Possession and Ownership in Manambu, a Ndu Language from the Sepik Area, Papua New Guinea. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y, and Dixon, R. M. W., (eds.) Possession and Ownership: a cross-linguistic typology. Explorations in Linguistic Typology . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 107-125.

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[Extract] A salient feature of the Manambu of the Middle Sepik River Basin, and of the neighboring and related Iatmul, is a focus on clan ownership of ancestral names and totems, inherited through one's father. Within the Manambu tradition, the world is divided into totemic areas belonging to different subclans, identified through ownership of names. This totemic ownership only partly determines rights to the land. And it is distinct form how one possesses other, more material, objects. My major concern in this chapter is how these concepts are reflected in the linguistic practices of the Manambu, and the Manambu grammer.

Item ID: 24369
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-966022-3
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2013 01:59
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
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