Dentan, Robert Knox, 1936-. Hocus pocus and extensionism in Central Malaya: notes on Semai kinship terminology

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Title: Hocus pocus and extensionism in Central Malaya: notes on Semai kinship terminology

Published in: American Anthropologist, vol. 72, no. 2

Published By: American Anthropologist, vol. 72, no. 2 Washington: American Anthropological Association, 1970. 358-362 p.

By line: Robert Knox Dentan

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Semai (AN06)

Subjects: Cultural participation (184); Kinship terminology (601);

Abstract: This paper presents a componential analysis of the kinship terminology of two groups of Senoi (Semai) studied by the author – termed eastern and western in this source. According to Dentan the eastern group were far less acculturated to the predominant Malay society than were the western Semai. A comparison of the terminology of the two groups, in light of Semai rules regarding proper terminological usage, seems to indicate several inconsistencies which suggest “…that a modified componential analysis conforms to the cognitive categories of the Semai if the extensionist hypothesis that terms have both primary and derived meaning is taken into account” (p. 358-A)." The exposition of this line of reasoning makes up the major bulk of this source.

Document Number: 25

Document ID: an06-025

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Field Date: 1962-1963

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle; 1989

Coverage Date: 1962-1963

Coverage Place: Central Malaysia

LCSH: Senoi (Southeast Asian people)


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