Ritual Languages, Special Registers And Speech Decorum In Austronesian Languages

Authored by: James J. Fox

The Austronesian Languages of Asia and Madagascar

Print publication date:  November  2004
Online publication date:  March  2013

Print ISBN: 9780700712861
eBook ISBN: 9780203821121
Adobe ISBN: 9781136755101

10.4324/9780203821121.ch4

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Abstract

Ritual languages, special registers and speech decorum reflect the social and cultural features of the societies in which they occur. They thus constitute linguistic usages that are significantly shaped by extra-linguistic factors. Yet the patterning of these usages in Austronesian languages shows remarkable similarities across a wide range of diverse societies. Such similarities point to the operation of some of the basic features of language within a common cultural heritage.

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