An Analysis Of Kulick 's Article ' Anger, Gender, Language Shift And Politics Of Revelation

1629 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Kassie Tulenko
In Kulick’s article “Anger, Gender, Language Shift And The Politics Of Revelation In a Papa New Guinean Village” he focuses on a synchronic view of culture and language in Papa New Guinea to argue for broader diachronic shifts. Kulick describes two languages, Tok Pisin and Taiap, and speakers’ use of code switching between these languages to index gender, intelligence, and sociability. The men use the formal language, Tok Pisin, which indexes education, Christianity, and progress. The vernacular, Taiap, is used by women and indexes traditional values, hot headedness, and incompetence. Through these indexical connections of language, the transition between these two languages can be explained. The opposing ideologies that place women on the opposite side of the values that are important in the village has created tension that is being resolved by switching the linguistic situation, and letting the vernacular disappear.
In the culture of Gapun, anger is seen as a dangerous emotion. “Gone unchecked, it will rot in the stomach and upset the spirits, or invoke the angered to find a sorcerer to act on the anger. If acted on, it could anger the spirits by the abuse of those it gets acted upon, or cause them to seek out their own sorcerer in retribution.” (page number) Emotions are extremely important and control of expression of emotions such as anger is highly valued. Women in this culture are said to have hed , meaning in individual “has a basic and volatile sense…

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