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Presentation Title

Unaenda wapi? (Where are you going?) Verbal Use of Directions, Signs and Symbols in Olasiti, Tanzania.

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Barbara E. Wye '14Follow

Location

Young 320

Abstract

This presentation offers insights on the role of culture and language in how individual perceive, experience and relate to their everyday spaces, based on field work conducted within Olaciti, Tanzania. Drawing on frameworks within linguistic anthropology, I interviewed members of the community to investigate the role of language and culture in local notions of space and place. Here, bomas are used as a cultural landmark establishing a meaningful sense of cultural place. In speech acts the boma acts as an icon, however with the use of hand motions, it forms an indexical sign pointing to a Maasai pastoral lifestyle.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 2:00 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 2:20 PM

Panel

Panel: Language and Communication in Africa

Panel Moderator

Alexander Mawyer

Field of Study for Presentation

Sociology and Anthropology

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Apr 9th, 2:00 PM Apr 9th, 2:20 PM

Unaenda wapi? (Where are you going?) Verbal Use of Directions, Signs and Symbols in Olasiti, Tanzania.

Young 320

This presentation offers insights on the role of culture and language in how individual perceive, experience and relate to their everyday spaces, based on field work conducted within Olaciti, Tanzania. Drawing on frameworks within linguistic anthropology, I interviewed members of the community to investigate the role of language and culture in local notions of space and place. Here, bomas are used as a cultural landmark establishing a meaningful sense of cultural place. In speech acts the boma acts as an icon, however with the use of hand motions, it forms an indexical sign pointing to a Maasai pastoral lifestyle.