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More than mere words : essays on language and linguistics in honour of Peter Sutton / edited by Paul Monaghan ; Michael Walsh
Bib ID 8537024
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Description Mile End, SA : Wakefield Press, 2020 
xi, 298 pages : illustrations, portraits, maps ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781743057551 (paperback)

Peter Sutton has been at various times, and sometimes simultaneously, a museum-based anthropologist with a foundational role in raising the profile of Australian Indigenous art, an anthropologist and linguist who has made significant ethnographic, analytical and theoretical contributions to both fields, and to the intersection between them, an expert on native title, and a public intellectual.The contributors to More than Mere Words reflect on Sutton's important contribution to linguistics and the study of Australian languages. The first two chapters give a historical perspective on the study of Australia's Indigenous languages.There follows a section on language as a reflection of connection to place, and then a set of essays on language in its socio-cultural contexts, spanning prehistory to the present.The final part of the book charts the consequences of the colonial encounter through a consideration of language endangerment. The volume's title captures both the complexity of languages as systems embedded in their social contexts through space and time, and a sense that this celebration of Peter's life and career cannot simply be read as 'mere words'.

Full contents
  • Part 1: Approaches to language. The nexus of anthropology and linguistics in Australia : a historical review / Clara Stockigt ; Language ideologies in Central Australia 1890-1910 : reflections of the German philosophy of language / David Moore
  • Part 2: Language in place. Landscape categorisation in two Middle Paman languages / Clair Hill and Louise Ashmore ; Barngarla connection to Lake Torrens : legal fact versus linguistic knowledge in the Lake Torrens overlap proceedings / Paul Monaghan ; Five toas / Luise Hercus
  • Part 3: Language in historical and cultural context. Finger on the pulse / Patrick McConvell ; Peter Sutton and the socio-cultural dynamics of indigenous Australian multilingualism / Alan Rumsey ; Junior skin names in Central Australia : function and origin / Harold Koch and Jane Simpson ; Revisiting Lamalamic metathesis / Jean-Christophe Verstraete ; Wheeled vehicle terminology in Australian languages / David Nash
  • Part 4: language endangered. 'Linguistic social work' and the 'hopeless cause': the role of linguists in 'dealing with' endangered languages / Michael Walsh ; The Rib (or Areba) of south-western Cape York Peninsula : what little is known / Paul Black ; Aboriginal world views in limited word lists / Barry J. Blake.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Sutton, Peter, 1946-  |  Australian languages.  |  Endangered languages.  |  Anthropological linguistics -- Australia.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Languages.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social conditions.  |  Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of.  |  Language and culture -- Australia.  |  Ethnology.  |  Anthropology.  |  Biography: general.  |  Australia -- Languages.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Sutton, Peter, 1946- honouree  |  Monaghan, Paul, editor  |  Walsh, Michael, editor
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