PLEASE NOTE: THIS LECTURE HAS BEEN MOVED.
It will now take place in room 702 Hamilton Hall, at the same time (6pm on Thursday, 11/19).
Harrison White and Corinne Kirchner, co-organizers of the “Workshop on Meaning: Language and Socio-cultural Processes” are pleased to announce:
PAUL KOCKELMAN, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Barnard College, New York
“Possession and Personhood: At the Intersection of Grammatical Categories, Discourse Patterns, Cognitive Frames and Cultural Practices”
School of International and Public Affairs – Room 801
420 West 118th street (east side of Amsterdam Avenue.), New York City
Thursday November 19, 2009, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This talk analyzes the relation between inalienable possessions and personhood among speakers of Q’eqchi’-Maya, in Guatemala. Broadly, inalienable possessions are things inherently possessed by humans, e.g., arms, legs; mothers, fathers; hearts and names. The relation between those possessions and possessors is analyzed in varied domains — from grammatical categories and discursive practices to illness cures and life-cycle rituals. This relation is figured differently by domain, but with strong resonance across domains. The illustrations reflect one speech community, but the discussion shows the relevance in cross-linguistic patterns underlying possession.
All are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to: Iva Petkova – firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute for Social and Economic Research & Policy (ISERP)
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