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ERIC Number: EJ873541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Landscape Unbounded: Space, Place, and Orientation in [palatal click]Akhoe Hai//om and Beyond
Widlok, Thomas
Language Sciences, v30 n2-3 p362-380 Mar-May 2008
Even before it became a common place to assume that "the Eskimo have a hundred words for snow" the languages of hunting and gathering people have played an important role in debates about linguistic relativity concerning geographical ontologies. Evidence from languages of hunter-gatherers has been used in radical relativist challenges to the overall notion of a comparative typology of generic natural forms and landscapes as terms of reference. It has been invoked to emphasize a personalized relationship between humans and the non-human world. It is against this background that this contribution discusses the landscape terminology of [palatal click]Akhoe Hai//om, a Khoisan language spoken by "Bushmen" in Namibia. Landscape vocabulary is ubiquitous in [palatal click]Akhoe Hai//om due to the fact that the landscape plays a critical role in directionals and other forms of "topographical gossip" and due to merges between landscape and group terminology. This system of landscape-"cum"-group terminology is outlined and related to the use of place names in the area. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Namibia