Referring to Space: Studies in Austronesian and Papuan Languages (Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics)

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This collection of previously unpublished case studies of a number of Austronesian and Papuan languages illustrates the means that these languages offer to their speakers for referring to space. The underlying theme is that understanding the differences between the various systems of spatial reference requires not just linguistic, but also cultural, historical, and geographical knowledge.

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Gunter Senft is at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.

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`This valuable collection offers a firm empirical and methodologically rigorous account of the psychological, linguistic, and conceptual processes by which human beings relate to space. As such, it provides a foundation for all of the other contemporary interests in space, place, and locality across the disciplines of anthrology, cultural studies, history and comparative aesthetics.' James F. Weiner, Anthropological Linguistics, 42, No.2.

`An attraction of this book is that it covers both Austronesian and Papuan languages, something which is needed on other topics as well ... The papers are uniformly excellent and the book is edited to a high standard ... it is certainly a very welcome addition to the literature.' R H Barnes, Anthropos 94.1999

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