Links between language and society among the Murui of north-west Amazonia

Wojtylak, Katarzyna I. (2021) Links between language and society among the Murui of north-west Amazonia. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., Dixon, R.M.W., and Jarkey, Nerida, (eds.) The Integration of Language and Society: a cross-linguistic typology. Explorations in Linguistic Typology . Oxford University Press, New York, NY, USA, pp. 215-234.

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The indigenous peoples of the Caquetá-Putumayo River Basins from north-west Amazonia inhabit vast territories of impenetrable rainforest delimited by large bodies of water, the Caquetá (known also as Japurá) and the Putumayo (Içá) Rivers. Besides sharing similar living conditions, these small-scale societies have related principles of social and cultural interaction in common, based on homogenous kinship structures (distinguishing parallel cousins and cross-cousins etc.), collective taboos (regarding food consumption and preparation, tabooing one's name and death, etc.), and ceremonial organization and rituals (based mainly on ingesting pulverized coca and liquid tobacco)The languages spoken by these north-western Amazonian groups, although unrelated (belonging to the Witotoan, Boran and North Arawak language families, plus one language isolate-Andoke), share certain grammatical features, including classifiers and evidentiality markers. Arguably, these are examples of integration (points)-that is, linguistic parameters such as physical environment (based on the fotrestal and riverine landscapes) and social relations within the community (established through particular societal hierarchies and kinship systems)

Item ID: 71046
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-19-284592-4
Keywords: Murui, integration of language and society, north-west Amazonia, Relations within a community, social hierarchies, kinship categorization, social constraints, means of substance, taboos
Copyright Information: © The chapters their several authors 2021. © Katarzyna Wojtylak 2021.
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2021 03:44
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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