Calame-Griaule, Geneviève. Words and the Dogon world

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Part I The Dogon Theory Of Speech

Chapter 1 “speech”: The Concept And Its Scope


Chapter 2 Speech And The Person

The Components Of The Personality

The Corporal Kikínu (gòdu Kikínu)

The Sexual Kikínu ([unavailable]g[unavailable] Kikínu)

The Corporal Kikínu

The Sexual Kikínu

Individuals Of Special Status

The Components Of Speech


Chapter 3 Speech In The Human Body

Speech Formation

1. Brain

2. Collar Bone

3. Liver

4. Heart

5. Lungs

6. Pancreas

7. Spleen

8. Larynx

9. Mouth

The Path Of Speech

Silence And Interior Speech

The Effects Of Speech On The Listener

External Modifications Of Speech

1. Gestures

2. Body Posture


Chapter 4 The Body And The Fertilizing Power Of The Word


Chapter 5 The Symbolic Relations Between Words And Techniques







Chapter 6 The Word Of The Dead


Part Ii The Mythology Of Speech

Chapter 1 The Mythical Revelation Of Speech


Chapter 2 The Classification Of Speech

The Nommo Series

1. “ordinary” Speech (s`[unavailable] Sála)

2. “speech Of Trade Between Twins” (jì[unavailable]e[unavailable] Tó[unavailable]u[unknown] S`[unavailable]).

3. “bad Speech Of Amma Seru” (áma S[unknown]:ru S`[unavailable] M`[unavailable][unavailable]u)

4. “good Speech” (s`[unavailable] [unknown]du)

5. Confidences (s`[unavailable] M[unknown]nu)

6. “future Speech Of The Totem Priest” (bínu Kédin[unknown] S`[unavailable]:v[unknown]d[unavailable])

7. “speech Of Weaving” (s`[unavailable]y Tí: S`[unavailable]:)

8. “speech Of Judgment In The Tógu Nà” (tógu Báru S`[unavailable]:)

9. “speech Of Lebe Seru's Law” (l[unknown]b[unknown] S[unknown]:ru Báru S`[unavailable]:)

10. “speech Of The Ark's Descent” (kóro Sùgu S`[unavailable]:)

11. “speech For Naming Children” (í: Bóy Kúnu S`[unavailable]:)

12. “speech Of Birds Swallowing Amma's Millet” (áma Yù: Sasá Mìn[unknown]: S`[unavailable]:)

13. “speech Of Binu Seru's Plan For The Descent Of The Fox's Ark” (bínu S[unknown]:ru Yùrugú Kóro Sùgu Búmu S`[unavailable]:)

14. “speech For Placing Amma's Altar” (áma Dàna¸ni; S`[unavailable]:)

15. “speech For Counting” (lúgi S`[unavailable]:)

16. “amma Seru's Prayer Said Flat On The Belly” (áma S[unknown]ru Á[unavailable]a S`[unavailable]: Dàbulu)

17. “speech Of Circumcision And Excision” (íne[unavailable] Ála N[unknown]y And Yà:na[unavailable] Ála N[unknown]y S`[unavailable])

18. “speech For Purifying The Dìlu Of Amma Seru” Africa Dogon Fa16 1946-1960 1986 Mopti Region, Mali 1946-1960 (áma S[unknown]:ru Dìlu Úguru S`[unavailable]:)

19. “speech For Counting The Human Body” (íne Gòdu Lúgu S`[unavailable]:)

20. “speech Of The Descent Of The Grains” (d[unknown]n[unknown] Sùgu S`[unavailable]:)

21. “speech Of The Binu's Gift Of Millet” (bínu Yu: Óbu S`[unavailable]:)

22. “speech Of The Forces Within Amma's Creation” (áma Kíde Mà[unavailable]i S[unknown]m[unknown] S`[unavailable]:)

23. “speech Of Nommo's Placenta” (n`[unavailable]m[unavailable] M[unknown] S`[unavailable]:)

24. “speech Of Amma's Placenta” (áma M[unknown] S`[unavailable]:)

The Fox Series

1. “speech Of The Navel” (b`[unavailable]gu S`[unavailable]:)

2. “speech Of The Twin Foxes” (yurugú Ji[unavailable][unknown] S`[unavailable]:)

3. “bad Speech Of The Swollen Fox” (yurugú Búgaru S`[unavailable]: M`[unavailable]¸nu)

4. “good Speech Of The White Fox” (yurugú Pílu S`[unavailable]: [unknown]du)

5. “secret Speech For Fixing The Sígi” (sígi Kúnu S`[unavailable]: M[unknown]nu)

6. “speech Of What Will Come By The Fox Who Runs And Strikes His Foot” (yurugú J`[unavailable]bu Tàmu S`[unavailable]: V[unknown]d[unavailable])

7. “speech Of The Fox Weaving Fibers For Masquerade Costumes” (ímina Jìbe Yurugú Ti[unknown] S`[unavailable])

8. “speech Disclosing The Truth Contained In The Fox's Bean Sifter” (n[unknown] Kóro Yurugú Nána Tágu S`[unavailable])

9. “speech Of The Meeting Between The Hogon And The Foxes” (yurugú ´[unavailable]g[unavailable]yne Báru S`[unavailable])

10. “speech Of The Bar[unknown] Kámada Insect Biting The Ark” (bar[unknown] Kámada Kóro K[unknown]ru S`[unavailable])

11. “speech For Giving Birth To Children” (i: N`[unavailable]nu S`[unavailable]:)

12. “speech Of The Animals Swallowing The Fox's Millet” (yurugú Yù: Ólunama Mìn[unknown])

13. “speech Of The Descent Of The Fox's Second Ark” (yurugú Kóro L[unknown]ye Sùgu S`[unavailable]:)

14. “speech For Setting Up The Fox's Altar For L[unknown]b[unknown]” (yurugú L[unknown]b[unknown] Dàna¸ni S`[unavailable]:)

15. “speech Of Men Having Their Periods” (ána[unavailable] Africa Dogon Fa16 1946-1960 1986 Mopti Region, Mali 1946-1960 Puniá: S`[unavailable]:)

16. “speech Of Dyongu Seru's Science” (jó[unavailable]u S[unknown]ru S`[unavailable]: Dàbulu)

17. “speech Of Yurugú And Yasigi Drinking Millet Gruel” (yurugú Ála N[unknown]y S`[unavailable]: And Yasígi Ála N[unknown]y S`[unavailable]:)

18. “speech Of The Night” (yà[unavailable]a S`[unavailable]:)

19. “speech Of Menstruating Women” (yà:[unavailable] Pùnulu S`[unavailable]:)

20. “speech Of The Fox Who, Coming Down With His Ark And Seeds, Sowed Without Rain” (yurugú D[unknown]n[unknown] Kóro-le Sù[unavailable]uni Ána Mà: Bídu S`[unavailable])

21. “speech Of The Fox's Sacrifice (búlu)” (yurugú Búlu S`[unavailable]:)

22. “speech Of The Fox's Creation” (yurugú Kíde Má[unavailable]u S`[unavailable]:)

23. “speech Of The Descent Of The Sun's Placenta” (náy M[unknown] Sùgu S`[unavailable]:)

24. “speech Of The Fox's Placenta” (yurugú M[unknown] S`[unavailable]:)


Chapter 3 The Modes Of Speech And Their Symbolic Representations

Illustrations For The Nommo Series

Illustrations For The Fox Series


Part Iii Speech In Society

Chapter 1 Monitoring Speech

Mastering Speech

Expansion And Conservation Of Speech

Special Precautions For Women's Speech

Ways Of Affecting The Quality Of Speech

Mending Bad Speech


Chapter 2 Speech And Relations Between The Sexes

The Ambiguity Of Women And The Relations Between The Sexes

Right And Left

Cosmetics And Personal Care

Women's Retaliation

“songs Without Shame”

Marriage And Sexual Life



Expressions Of Love

Sexual Life

Speech Between Men And Women


Riddles In The Courtship Of Women

Polygamy And Married Life

The “white Women” (yà:[unavailable] Pílu)


Chapter 3 Speech In Social Life



Courtesy, Allusion, Euphemism

Emotions And Their Social Expression

The Social Value Of Silence

The Expression Of Aggression: Taunts, Insults, And Their Cathartic Value

Authority, Accommodation, Justice

Teaching: The Speech Of Wisdom

Conventional Language And Secret Language

Speech Anomalies And Deviations


Chapter 4 Speech And Religion


Formulas For Propitiation

Purification By Speech

The Healer And His “speech”

Oaths And Curses

Anticipating The Future: Divination And Omens

Speech Restrictions Having A Religious Value

Cult For The Word Of The Dead

Sígi S`[unavailable]:, Secret Language


Chapter 5 The Spoken Arts


Animal Fables (ólunama Élum[unknown])

Stories About People (íne[unavailable] Élum[unknown])

Astronomical Or Cosmological Tales (álagala Élum[unknown])

Mythical Narratives (s`[unavailable] P[unknown]y)

Poetic Prose: Riddles, Proverbs, Enigmas

Proverbs And Enigmas

Symbolic Interpretation

Social Ethics

Observations About The Natural World

Myth Symbolism

The Social Function Of Élum[unknown]




Social Rules

Genres Of Poetry

Word Choice

Word Combination



Enigmatic Quality

Poetic Recitation: The Griot

The Problem Of Invention

Poetic Imagery

Order And Presentation Of Content

Formal Variations, Style



Fruitfulness Of The Group




Part Iv Speech And Nonverbal Expression

Chapter 1 The Relations Between Speech And The Plastic Arts

“speech Which Is Inside Cloth”

A Description Of The Blanket

Symbolic Explanation

The Language Of Dance


Chapter 2 The Relations Between Speech And Musical Expression 1




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Publication Information The main body of the Publication Information page contains all the metadata that HRAF holds for that document.

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

Title: Words and the Dogon world

Published By: Original publisher Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues. 1986. xix, 704 p. ill.

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Geneviève Calame-Griaule ; translated from the French by Deirdre LaPin

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Dogon (FA16)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Speech (191); Phonology (194); Sociolinguistics (195); Conversation (521); Music (533); Literary texts (539); Informal in-group justice (627); Burial practices and funerals (764); Mythology (773); Prayers and sacrifices (782); Purification and atonement (783); Numerology (801); Ethnobotany (824); Ethnozoology (825); Ethnoanatomy (826); Ethnophysiology (827); Ethnopsychology (828);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This is a lengthy, detailed, and complex study of Dogon ethno-linguistics. It is a phenomenological study of Dogon ideas about speech and other forms of communication. The study contains chapters on speech and the person, speech in the human body, the body and the fertilizing power of the word, the symbolic relations between words and techniques, the word of the dead, the mythical revelation of speech, the classification of speech, the modes of speech and their symbolic representations, monitoring speech, speech and relations between the sexes, speech in social life, speech in religion, the spoken arts, and the relations between speech and musical expression. Because of the complex nature of the subject matter, researchers are urged to read the book in its complete form in addition to using it in the HRAF format.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 10

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. fa16-010

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

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Translation of: Ethnologie et langage Includes bibliographical references (p. 695-704)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1946-1960

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. Marlene Martin ; 1986-1987

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1946-1960

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Mopti Region, Mali

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Dogons (African people)


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