Social keywords in postcolonial melanesian discourse: Kastom ‘traditional culture’ and tumbuna ‘ancestors’

Carsten Levisen, Carol Priestley

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Abstract

In postcolonial Melanesia, cultural discourses are increasingly organised around creole words, i.e. keywords of Bislama (Vanuatu) and Tok Pisin (Papua New Guinea). These words constitute (or represent) important emerging ethnolinguistic worldviews, which are partly borne out of the colonial era, and partly out of postcolonial ethno-rhetoric. This chapter explores the word kastom ‘traditional culture’ in Bislama and pasin bilong tumbuna ‘the ways of the ancestors’ in Tok Pisin. Specific attention is paid to the shift from “negative “ to “positive” semantics, following from the re-evaluation of ancestral practices in postcolonial discourse. Social keywords in postcolonial discourse form a fertile ground for understanding how speakers in Melanesia conceptualise the past as a vital part of the present.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelCultural Keywords in Discourse
RedaktørerCarsten Levisen, Sophia Waters
Udgivelses stedAmsterdam
ForlagJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Publikationsdato20 okt. 2017
Sider83-106
Kapitel4
ISBN (Trykt)9789027256829
ISBN (Elektronisk)9789027265470
StatusUdgivet - 20 okt. 2017
NavnPragmatics and Beyond New Series
Vol/bind277
ISSN0922-842X

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Citer dette

Levisen, C., & Priestley, C. (2017). Social keywords in postcolonial melanesian discourse: Kastom ‘traditional culture’ and tumbuna ‘ancestors’. I C. Levisen, & S. Waters (red.), Cultural Keywords in Discourse (s. 83-106). John Benjamins Publishing Company. Pragmatics and Beyond New Series, Bind. 277