Go to AfricaBib home

Go to AfricaBib home AfricaBib Go to database home

bibliographic database

Line
Previous page New search

The free AfricaBib App for Android is available here

Periodical article Periodical article Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue WorldCat catalogue WorldCat
Title:The evening conversation of the Efe Pygmy men and its social implication: a men's display to women
Author:Sawada, Masato
Year:1987
Periodical:African Study Monographs: Supplementary Issue
Issue:6
Pages:85-96
Language:English
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:Pygmies
oratory
Link:http://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/2433/68342/1/ASM_S_6_85.pdf
Abstract:The evening conversations of the Efe Pygmy (Zaire) are described and analysed. The conversation process is divided into calm phases (c-phases) and excited phases (e-phases). While in c-phase, calm and ordinary speech is heard, in e-phase, loud and rapid speech is heard. In c-phase, adult women sometimes participate in the conversation. However, in e-phase, they do not and only adult men speak. In e-phase, adult men mutually support one another's assertions, and rarely contradict each other. It is shown that in e-phase, the pragmatic variables e.g., loudness, rapidity of speech, function to silence women and to draw their attention to the men's conversation. It is suggested that the e-phase is a collective display towards women by men in which the men demonstrate their mutual supporting relationship. Bibliogr.
Views