Body part terms in Jahai

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title = "Body part terms in Jahai",
abstract = "This article explores the lexicon of body part terms in Jahai, a Mon-Khmer language spoken by a group of hunter–gatherers in the Malay Peninsula. It provides an extensive inventory of body part terms and describes their structural and semantic properties. The Jahai body part lexicon pays attention to fine anatomical detail but lacks labels for major, 'higher-level' categories, like 'trunk', 'limb', 'arm' and 'leg'. In this lexicon it is therefore sometimes difficult to discern a clear partonomic hierarchy, a presumed universal of body part terminology.",
keywords = "Jahai, Mon-Khmer, Body part terms, Partonomy, Meronymy, Semantic fields, Semantic generality, Ambiguity",
author = "Niclas Burenhult",
note = "The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Linguistics and Phonetics (015010003)",
year = "2006",
doi = "10.1016/j.langsci.2005.11.002",
language = "English",
volume = "28",
pages = "162--180",
journal = "Language Sciences",
issn = "0388-0001",
publisher = "Elsevier",