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Co-narration of a Koko-Bera story: Giants in Cape York Peninsula

Black, Paul (2010). Co-narration of a Koko-Bera story: Giants in Cape York Peninsula. In Baker, Brett, Mushin, Ilana, Harvey, Mark and Gardner, Rod(Ed.), Indigenous language and social identity: Papers in honour of Michael Walsh. Canberra: Pacific Linguistics, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University. (pp. 261-274).

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IRMA ID 82056760xPUB47
Author Black, Paul
Title of Chapter Co-narration of a Koko-Bera story: Giants in Cape York Peninsula
Title of Book Indigenous language and social identity: Papers in honour of Michael Walsh
Place of Publication Canberra
Publisher Pacific Linguistics, College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University
Publication Year 2010
Editor Baker, Brett
Mushin, Ilana
Harvey, Mark
Gardner, Rod
ISBN 9780858836181   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Chapter Number 15
Start Page 261
End Page 274
Total Pages 14
Total Chapters 22
Language English
Field of Research 420299 Literature Studies not elsewhere classified
380205 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
HERDC Category B - Book Chapter (DIISR)
Abstract In a recent paper Michael Walsh (in press) took the importance of co-construction to be one of ten ways in which traditional Aboriginal narratives differed from Anglo narratives. As an example of co-construction the present paper presents a story from the Koko-Bera language (western Cape York Peninsula, Australia) that differs from other known Australian Aboriginal examples in the way it was jointly delivered by two narrators, a matter I refer to as co-narration. This text is also interesting in that it purports to be a historical account of how a paternal uncle of the narrators married into a family of giants who lived offshore in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and there is in fact some supporting historical evidence of at least one man of exceptional stature living along that coast at about that time.
Keyword co-narration
Koko-Bera
Cape York Peninsula
Indigenous oral literature
 
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