Body part terms in Jahai

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Body part terms in Jahai. / Burenhult, Niclas.

In: Language Sciences, Vol. 28, 2006, p. 162-180.

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Burenhult, Niclas. / Body part terms in Jahai. In: Language Sciences. 2006 ; Vol. 28. pp. 162-180.

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T1 - Body part terms in Jahai

AU - Burenhult, Niclas

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PY - 2006

Y1 - 2006

N2 - 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.

AB - 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.

KW - Jahai

KW - Mon-Khmer

KW - Body part terms

KW - Partonomy

KW - Meronymy

KW - Semantic fields

KW - Semantic generality

KW - Ambiguity

U2 - 10.1016/j.langsci.2005.11.002

DO - 10.1016/j.langsci.2005.11.002

M3 - Article

VL - 28

SP - 162

EP - 180

JO - Language Sciences

JF - Language Sciences

SN - 0388-0001

ER -