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A dictionary of Kalam with ethnographic notes by Andrew Pawley and Ralph Bulmer (review)

A dictionary of Kalam with ethnographic notes by Andrew Pawley and Ralph Bulmer (review) Andrew Pawley and Ralph Bulmer (with the assistance of John Kias, Simon Peter Gi, and Ian Saem Majnep). 2011. A dictionary of Kalam with ethnographic notes. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 630, xiii + 810 pp. ISBN 978-085-88-3604-2. $Aust. 132.00 (Australia), $Aust. 120.00 (elsewhere), hardcover. Of the 800 or so known Papuan languages, less than five percent have dictionaries that do justice to their extensive vocabularies, indigenous taxonomies, and seman- tic networks. Even fewer works on Papuan languages attempt to capture the encyclopedic knowledge behind words that relates to interaction with and under- standing of the natural environment. This was a central goal of anthropologist Ralph Bulmer when he began fieldwork in 1960 with the Kalam people of the Upper Kaironk Valley in the Bismarck and Schrader Ranges of what is now the Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Bulmer viewed the ultimate dictionary as: a form of ethnographic description, a kind of encyclopedia of those elements of Kalam culture and society that are codified in language. Entries should do more than provide convenient English translation equivalents of Kalam words. They should provide a systematic description of Kalam semantic categories and rela- tions, which in many cases differ markedly from those of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

A dictionary of Kalam with ethnographic notes by Andrew Pawley and Ralph Bulmer (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 53 (1) – Jul 8, 2014

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Andrew Pawley and Ralph Bulmer (with the assistance of John Kias, Simon Peter Gi, and Ian Saem Majnep). 2011. A dictionary of Kalam with ethnographic notes. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics 630, xiii + 810 pp. ISBN 978-085-88-3604-2. $Aust. 132.00 (Australia), $Aust. 120.00 (elsewhere), hardcover. Of the 800 or so known Papuan languages, less than five percent have dictionaries that do justice to their extensive vocabularies, indigenous taxonomies, and seman- tic networks. Even fewer works on Papuan languages attempt to capture the encyclopedic knowledge behind words that relates to interaction with and under- standing of the natural environment. This was a central goal of anthropologist Ralph Bulmer when he began fieldwork in 1960 with the Kalam people of the Upper Kaironk Valley in the Bismarck and Schrader Ranges of what is now the Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Bulmer viewed the ultimate dictionary as: a form of ethnographic description, a kind of encyclopedia of those elements of Kalam culture and society that are codified in language. Entries should do more than provide convenient English translation equivalents of Kalam words. They should provide a systematic description of Kalam semantic categories and rela- tions, which in many cases differ markedly from those of

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 8, 2014

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