This chapter discusses body part nouns, a part of language that is central to human life, and the polysemy that arises in connection with them. Examples from everyday speech and narrative in various contexts are examined in a Papuan language called Koromu and semantic characteristics of body part nouns in other studies are also considered. Semantic templates are developed for nouns that represent highly visible body parts: for example, wapi ï¿½hands/armsï¿½, ehi ï¿½feet/legsï¿½, and their related parts. Culture-specific explications are expressed in a natural metalanguage that can be translated into Koromu to avoid the cultural bias inherent in using other languages and to reveal both distinctive semantic components and similarities to cross-linguistic examples.
|Title of host publication||The Semantics of Nouns|
|Place of Publication||United Kingdom|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|