Chapter

Ambiguity

Anne Storch

in Secret Manipulations

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199768974
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199914425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768974.003.0006
Ambiguity

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Ambiguity in the semantics of certain grammatical elements, such as specific noun classes (the Benue-Congo languages discussed here typically exhibit rather complex noun-class systems) is dealt with, whereby illustrative examples come from the domain of ingestive terms and food items as means of communication.

Keywords: ambiguity; transgression; substance; poison; inversion; subversion; purity; Jukun; Nigeria; Ganda; food; sex; sauce; dumpling; consumption

Chapter.  7679 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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