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From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village
Alessandro Duranti explores the way traditional oratory in a Samoan village is shaped by the needs of the political process and shows how language insulates ceremonial speakers from the perils of everyday confrontation. He proposes a "moral flow hypothesis" in discourse, to describe a grammar that distributes praise and blame and in that way defines the standing of individ ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 22nd 1994 by University of California Press
(first published July 23rd 1994)
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