Landscape terms in Alto Perené Kampa (Arawak)

Mihas, Elena (2015) Landscape terms in Alto Perené Kampa (Arawak). Acta Linguistica Hafniensia, 47 (2). pp. 101-135.

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Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of landscape terms in an Amazonian Arawak language of Peru, this study examines landscape categorization among the Alto Perené Kampa. It is shown that Alto Perené culture-specific themes of ecological categorization, namely substance and shape, form a covert template of semantic generalizations that structure the landscape vocabulary set. The continuous semantic strands of landscape terms are substance and shape of geomorphic features, either expressed by simplex terms or combinations of simplex terms with various classifiers. The comprehensive hydrological and topographic vocabulary is argued to reflect Alto Perené Arawaks' particular concern with the affordances of the surrounding landscape and their spiritual preoccupations.

Item ID: 43449
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1949-0763
Keywords: Alto Perené Kampa; Arawak; landscape categorization
Funders: Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research and Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (USA)
Projects and Grants: Grant Number SG 0002
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 04:38
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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