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The cultural pressures would change indigenous cultural practices in a way that would result in the loss of kinship and mother-in-law vocabulary


Dixon (1989, 1990) discusses the kinship and mother-in-law vocabulary of Dyirbal. Secondary or specialized vocabulary systems (such as in-law taboo language, religious/ceremonial language, etc) are vulnerable when there are linguistic and/or cultural pressures. Based on the lectures and this reading, why do you think this is? What cultural pressures would change indigenous cultural practices in a way that would result in the loss of kinship and mother-in-law vocabulary? Do not summarize the articles. Use information from the article to support your answer to the two questions above.(3 FULLpages, 1” margins, 12 point font (Arial, Calibri, or Times New Roman))

LANGUAGE AND CULTURENAMEINSITUTIONIntroductionAccording to Dixon (1989), secondary or specialized vocabulary systems such as in-law taboo language, religious language, and ceremonial language among others are vulnerable particularly when there are linguistic or cultural pressures. In this paper, I analyze how this phenomenon is likely to occur by drawing from the studies conducted by Dixon, as well as literatures learnt in class. To begin with, Dixon (1990) studied the origin of mother in-law vocabulary in two Australian languages. In addition, Dixon (1989) studied the unique kinship system of the Dyirbal- speaking people of North Queensland Australia. In the mother in-law vocabulary study, Dixon (1990) contends that each dialect of the contiguous Australian languages Yidiny and Dyirbal had a special avoidance vocabulary, which must be used in the presence of class of relatives particularly mother in-laws. So, Dixon (1990) sought to investigate the origin of the mother in-law vocabulary. Dixon argues that some lexemes have been borrowed not only from the everyday language style, but also from the avoidance style of neighboring dialects, while others have been engineered by the application of creative grammatical processes within the ...

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