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Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind (review)

Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind (review) Giovanni Bennardo, ed. 2002. Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind. No. 523. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. ISBN 085883-454-5. vii + 260 pp. Aus$59.00, paper. The editor identi²es three major goals of the volume under review: (i) "to contribute to research on space, in particular to the linguistic, mental, and cultural representations of spatial relationships"; (ii) "to provide for the ²rst time a survey of the research on space in one speci²c cultural area, that is, Oceania; and (iii) "to suggest strongly within the research on space the value of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural research as well as the surveys of cultural areas" (1). It comes as something of a surprise to see Oceania characterized as a single cultural area. And the geographic and linguistic coverage of Oceania is somewhat uneven. Polynesia and Polynesian languages are well represented (Niue, Tonga, Hawaii, and Samoa [two articles]). There are two articles that deal exclusively with two languages/cultures in geographical Melanesia (Ambae and Fiji), and one article that includes discussion of data from several languages of Melanesia (Tolo, Longgu, Nemi, Tolai, Iaai, Kokota, and Manam) and also from one Polynesian language (Tokelauan). One contribution deals with a Micronesian culture (Pohnpei). And http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Oceanic Linguistics University of Hawai'I Press

Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind (review)

Oceanic Linguistics , Volume 43 (1)

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Giovanni Bennardo, ed. 2002. Representing Space in Oceania: Culture in Language and Mind. No. 523. Canberra: Paci²c Linguistics. ISBN 085883-454-5. vii + 260 pp. Aus$59.00, paper. The editor identi²es three major goals of the volume under review: (i) "to contribute to research on space, in particular to the linguistic, mental, and cultural representations of spatial relationships"; (ii) "to provide for the ²rst time a survey of the research on space in one speci²c cultural area, that is, Oceania; and (iii) "to suggest strongly within the research on space the value of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural research as well as the surveys of cultural areas" (1). It comes as something of a surprise to see Oceania characterized as a single cultural area. And the geographic and linguistic coverage of Oceania is somewhat uneven. Polynesia and Polynesian languages are well represented (Niue, Tonga, Hawaii, and Samoa [two articles]). There are two articles that deal exclusively with two languages/cultures in geographical Melanesia (Ambae and Fiji), and one article that includes discussion of data from several languages of Melanesia (Tolo, Longgu, Nemi, Tolai, Iaai, Kokota, and Manam) and also from one Polynesian language (Tokelauan). One contribution deals with a Micronesian culture (Pohnpei). And

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Oceanic LinguisticsUniversity of Hawai'I Press

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