Words and Processes in Mambila Kinship presents a set of studies of the way that Mambila speakers in Cameroon talk about themselves and their kin. Author David Zeitlyn employs conversational analytic methods to further the study of kinship terminologies. This book takes an important step toward a new synthesis between the practice of ethnography and the study of language while presenting African natural language data (still rare in mainstream linguistics) in an accessible format.
David Zeitlyn is Reader in Social Anthropology at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Reconstructing Kinship: The Pragmatics of Kin Talk Chapter 3 The Implicatures of Everyday Life: Mambila Social Deixis Chapter 4 Asking about People, Not about Kin Terms: An Experiment in Method and Interpretation Chapter 5 Translation, Anthropology, Kinship Chapter 6 The Ethnography of a Mambila Conversation Chapter 7 A Conversation in Somie Chapter 8 The Distribution of Person-Referring Expressions (PREs) in Natural Conversation Chapter 9 Summing up Kin Talk Chapter 10 Conclusion