Download eBook This remarkable book introduces us to four unforgettable Apache people, each of whom offers a different take on the significance of places in their culture. Apache conceptions of wisdom, manners and morals, and of their own history are inextricably intertwined with place, and by allowing us to overhear his conversations with Apaches on these subjects Basso expands our awareness of what place can mean to people. Most of us use the term sense of place often and rather carelessly when we think of nature or home or literature.
Comments 0 Essay Excerpt Because of their inseparable connection to specific localities, placenames may be used to summon forth an enormous range of mental and emotional associations-associations of time and space, of history and events, of persons and social activities, of oneself and stages in one's life.
And in their capacity to evoke, in their compact power to muster and consolidate so much of what a landscape may be taken to represent in both personal and cultural terms, placenames acquire a functional value that easily matches their utility as instruments of reference.
Most notably, as T. Eliot and Seamus Heany have remarked, placenames provide materials for resonating ellipsis, for speaking and writing in potent shorthand, for communicating much while saying very little. Poets and song writers have long understood that economy of expression may enhance the quality and force of aesthetic discourse, and that placenames stand ready to be exploited for this purpose.
Linguists and anthropologists would do well to understand that in many communities similar considerations may influence common forms of spoken interaction, and that, in this arena too, placenames may occupy a privileged position. For these and other reasons, an ethnographic approach to the activity of placenaming seems well worth pursuing.
The present essay, which now takes a sharp ethnographic turn, is offered as an illustration of where such an approach may lead, and why, beyond the illumination of specific cases, it may also shed light on matters of general interest. Basso, About the Author Keith H. Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache.This is a study of the language and culture of the Western Apache, with a focus on the Cibecue of the Fort Apache Reservation.
Topics include: a semantic analysis of a set of Apache 'classificatory' verb stems; a discussion of the semantic domain delineated by Western Apache terms for the human body; an analysis of the written script invented by Silas John Edwards in , a Western Apache.
In these seven essays, Keith Basso defines some of the central concerns of linguistic anthropology through the close study of Western Apache, showing how intricacies of language-place names, metaphor, uses of silence-help a people define their very existence.
to find the frequency and page number of specific words and phrases. This can be especially useful to help you decide if the book is worth buying, checking out from a library, etc. Basso, Keith H. This book of essays draws on a cultural geography project in which an ethnographer and Apache consultants mapped the area around Cibecue, on the Fort Apache Reservation (Arizona).
The essays focus on different Apache individuals and examine the ways that Apache constructions of place reach deeply into other cultural spheres.
Basso's work spanning from in the Cibecue region published in In addition to his research, Basso has created maps of the area for the Apache's use during the project.
Language among the Western Apache. By Keith H. Basso. (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, Pp.
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