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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
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
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.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
Literary texts (539);
Informal in-group justice (627);
Burial practices and funerals (764);
Prayers and sacrifices (782);
Purification and atonement (783);
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
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.
Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs.
Language: Language that the document is written in
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
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
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).
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)