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New book on language of Trobriand Islanders
Gunter Senft, Professor at the MPI for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cologne, has recently published a book on Kilivila, the language of the Trobriand Islanders, entitled 'The Trobriand Islanders' Ways of Speaking'. It represents the Trobriand Islanders' indigenous typology of the varieties of Kilivila and their constituting genres.
September 10, 2010
'My book is unique in two ways', says Professor Senft. 'First, it finally meets the demand of the famous anthropologist Malinowski that, here I quote, 'to approach the goal of ethnographic field-work, requires a collection of ethnographic statements, characteristic narratives, typical utterances, items of folklore and magical formulae as a corpus inscriptionum, as documents of native mentality'. Second, the book makes almost all the data presented available via the internet (www.mpi.nl/trobriand), using the language archive of the MPI for Psycholinguistics.'