Control your emotions!

Posted on November 7, 2014 by



Wed 19th Nov sees two events with visiting examiner Gunter Senft (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics). There’s a masterclass on Fieldwork methodology, 10-12, and a talk 1-2, with the title “Control your emotions! If teasing provokes you, you’ve lost your face…”: The Trobriand Islanders’ control of their public display of emotions. Both events will be in the large seminar room on the first floor of the Graduate School, Ellen Wilkinson. Here’s the abstract for the talk:

Kilivila, the Austronesian language of the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea, has a rich inventory of terms – nouns, verbs, adjectives and idiomatic phrases and expressions – to precisely refer to, and to differentiate emotions and inner feelings. This paper describes how the Trobriand Islanders of Papua New Guinea deal with the public display of emotions. Forms of emotion control in public encounters are discussed and explained on the basis of ritual communication which pervades the Trobrianders’ verbal and non-verbal behavior. Especially highlighted is the Trobrianders’ metalinguistic concept of “biga sopa” with its important role for emotion control in encounters that may run the risk of escalating from argument and conflict to aggression and violence.

LEL welcomes anyone and everyone to these events!

Featured image: map of the Trobriand Islands, from Wikimedia Commons.

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