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From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village Alessandro Duranti

From Grammar to Politics: Linguistic Anthropology in a Western Samoan Village

Alessandro Duranti

Published August 22nd 1994
ISBN : 9780520083851
Paperback
232 pages
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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 flowMoreAlessandro 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 individuals in the community. This ethnographic journey from linguistic to political anthropology demonstrates that the analysis of grammar in context needs ethnography just as much as the conduct of politics needs grammatical analysis.