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By Svenja Völkel

This interdisciplinary examine investigates the connection among tradition, language and cognition in accordance with the features of social constitution, house and ownership in Tonga, Polynesia. Grounded on huge box examine, Völkel explores the topic from an anthropological in addition to from a linguistic standpoint. The ebook offers new insights into the language of appreciate, an honorific approach that's deeply anchored within the societal hierarchy, spatial descriptions which are decided through socio-cultural and geocentric parameters, kinship terminology and possessive different types that completely convey the approach of social prestige inequalities between kinfolk. those examples impressively express that language is deeply anchored in its cultural context. additionally, the linguistic constructions replicate the underlying cognitive body of its audio system. simply as a number of cultural practices (sitting order, entry to land and present trade techniques) the linguistic capacity aren't in simple terms expressions of stratified social networks but additionally instruments to keep up or negotiate the underlying socio-cultural approach.

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