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

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

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

Published in: if part or section of a book or monograph American Anthropologist, vol. 72, no. 2

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

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Robert Knox Dentan

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2012. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Semai (AN06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Cultural participation (184); Kinship terminology (601);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document 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: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 25

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. an06-025

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Journal Article

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 362)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1962-1963

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. John Beierle; 1989

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1962-1963

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) central Malay Peninsula

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Senoi (Southeast Asian people)


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