Some key body parts and polysemy: a case study from Koromu (Kesawai)

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    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 �hands/arms�, ehi �feet/legs�, 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Semantics of Nouns
    Editors Zhengdao Ye
    Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Print)9780198736721
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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