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Title:Actions as Acts of Thanking: A Social Semiotic Study of the Nonverbal Expression of Gratitude in Engwi
Author:Katesi, Yime-Yime K.
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
language usage
Ngul language
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Abstract:In Engwi, a Bantu language also known as Kingoli and Ngul, there appears to be no precise word rendering gratitude. This does not imply that Engwi has no way of expressing the concept of gratitude. Focusing on the expression of thanks through actions, the author considers some regular institutional actions which the Angwi, speakers of Engwi, interpret as forms of thanking, viz. 'ikŠk' or funeral contributions, 'olaŠam' or the dues of a landowner, acts of reciprocity or exchange, and endogamous marriage. His main theoretical orientation is John J. Gumperz's (1982) interpretative sociolinguistic approach to human interaction. Data were collected in 1984-1985 in the Angwi speech community of Mateko in the administrative zone of Idiofa, district of Kwilu of the province of Bandundu in the Republic of Zaire. As a native Engwi speaker who was treated as a Westernized person because of his long absence from home, the author was able to collect data in a dual capacity, as both insider and outsider. Bibliogr., notes, ref.