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Darja Hoenigman: "Meakambut ways of speaking: Documenting night-time conversations in a semi-nomadic hunter-and-gatherer society in Papua New Guinea", 8 September 2015


Date: 8 September 2015

When: 15:30 - 17:00, 8 September

Where: University of Vienna, 11th Conference on Hunting and Gathering Societies

The Meakambut are semi-nomadic hunters and gatherers, numbering about 45, moving between rock shelters in their mountainous territory in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Using observational film, and combining it with ethnographic and linguistic documentation, my research is focusing on a variety of their speech practices, in particular on night-time conversations.

In this talk, based on examples from the field, I will discuss some techniques of filming natural conversations in less than ideal conditions: at night, and in a highly humid tropical environment. 


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