Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (Culture and Language Use 18)

Land and Language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (Culture and Language Use 18)

By: Diane Hafner (editor), Jean-Christophe Verstraete (editor)Hardback

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This volume offers a state-of-the-art survey of linguistic, anthropological, archaeological and historical work focused on Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country, in Australia's northeast. The volume also honours Bruce Rigsby, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Queensland, whose work has inspired all of the contributors. The papers in the volume are organized in terms of five key themes, including the use of historical and archaeological methods to reconstruct aspects of language and social organization, anthropological and linguistic work uncovering aspects of world view embedded in languages and ethnographic data sets, the study of post-contact transformations in language and society, and the return of archival data to communities. Its thematic intersections draw together the varied disciplinary threads in an overview of the cultures and languages of the region, and will appeal to all those interested in Australian Aboriginal studies, linguistics, anthropology and associated disciplines.


1. Preface and acknowledgements; 2. General maps; 3. Land and language in Cape York Peninsula and the Gulf Country (by Verstraete, Jean-Christophe); 4. Appendix: Bibliography of Bruce Rigsby; 5. Reconstructions; 6. Connecting Thaypanic (by Alpher, Barry); 7. Regions without borders: Related rock art landscapes of the Laura Basin, Cape York Peninsula (by Cole, Noelene); 8. The Flinders Islands and Cape Melville people in history (by Sutton, Peter); 9. Fission, fusion and syncretism: Linguistic and environmental changes amongst the Tangkic people of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern Australia (by Memmott, Paul); 10. World views; 11. Groups, country and personhood on the upper Wenlock River, Cape York Peninsula: Donald Thomson's Kaanju genealogies (by Smith, Benjamin); 12. Hyponymy and the structure of Kuuk Thaayorre kinship (by Gaby, Alice); 13. Possession in Kuku-Thaypan through a comparative lens (by Laughren, Mary); 14. Correlation of textual and spatial reference: This and that (by Merlan, Francesca); 15. Contacts and contrasts; 16. Botanists, Aborigines and native plants on the Queensland frontier (by Langton, Marcia); 17. 'There is no truth whatever as regards any Aboriginal being flogged by the Police': Coen Police Camp, 1933, Cape York Peninsula (by Richards, Jonathan); 18. Multiple views of paradise: Perspectives on the Daintree rainforest (by Anderson, Chris); 19. Shared country, different stories: A post-settler vignette (by Trigger, David); 20. Transformations; 21. Born, signed and named: Naming, country and social change among the Bentinck Islanders (by Evans, Nicholas); 22. The problem of 'tribal names' in eastern Australia: The Kuku Yalanji example (by Wood, Ray); 23. Going forward holding back: Modern bicultural living (by Thompson, David); 24. Same but different: Understanding language contact in Queensland Indigenous settlements (by Mushin, Ilana); 25. The story of Old Man Frank: A narrative response to questions about language shift in northern Cape York Peninsula (by Harper, Helen); 26. Repatriations; 27. On the edges of their memories: Reassembling the Lamalama cultural record from museum collections (by Allen, Lindy); 28. Making gambarr: It belongs to me, I belong to it (by Haviland, John B.); 29. Index of places; 30. Index of languages, language families and groups; 31. General index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027244543
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 492
  • ID: 9789027244543
  • weight: 1000
  • ISBN10: 9027244545

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