Stüwe-Thanasoula, Marilena (2016). Towards a grammar of the senses: perception in Lushese (Olussese). PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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The thesis presents the grammar of the Eastern African Bantu language Lushese (Olussese), spoken in Uganda, and gives information on the historical background that caused the today´s highly endangered status of the language (chapters 1 & 2). Focussing on the semantics of the verbs of perception, the thesis presents the use and meaning of various linguistic means for expressing perception in general and further for the expression of physical, sensory, emotional and cognitive experience in Lushese (chapters 3-5). The findings in Lushese provide insights of the use of language in the light of social interaction and include information on the ways cultural and social values impact the choice of linguistic means (chapter 6). With respect to the theoretical issues concerning the language of perception the data in Lushese show that the way people speak about the environment and use language to express categories of perception are rather a matter of innate cultural interpretation regarding the human body and the environment than a matter of the human body and the environment as given by biological and/or physical conditions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Stüwe-Thanasoula, Marilenamarilena_thanassoula@web.deUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-67829
Date: June 2016
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 4: Außereuropäische Sprachen, Kulturen und Gesellschaften > Institut für Afrikanistik und Ägyptologie
Subjects: Generalities, Science
Customs, etiquette, folklore
Language, Linguistics
Italic Latin
Other languages
Stage presentations
Uncontrolled Keywords:
Afican Studies, Bantu Studies, semantics, cognitive and antrhopological linguistics, theories of language and perception, sociolinguistics (endangered languages), theatre for development, history of scienceEnglish
Date of oral exam: 6 November 2013
NameAcademic Title
Storch, AnneProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes


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