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Maps meet myths: Understanding Jahai place naming through Geographical Information Systems


Villette, Julia; Burenhult, Niclas; Purves, Ross S (2022). Maps meet myths: Understanding Jahai place naming through Geographical Information Systems. Journal of Linguistic Geography, 10(1):1-10.

Abstract

Placenames are seemingly universal, with the potential to reveal different systems of organizing information in everyday communication. We report on the relationship between placenames in Jahai, an indigenous language spoken by the Jahai people of the Malay Peninsula, and the environment. Our approach explores the tendency to organize names using a hierarchy of kinship associated with the cnεl, mythological entities in origin stories, which appears to map onto catchment areas. By associating linguistic data with these ethnographic inputs and geographical properties calculated in a Geographic Information System, we generate and make suggestions for productive ways of understanding placenames as systems.

Abstract

Placenames are seemingly universal, with the potential to reveal different systems of organizing information in everyday communication. We report on the relationship between placenames in Jahai, an indigenous language spoken by the Jahai people of the Malay Peninsula, and the environment. Our approach explores the tendency to organize names using a hierarchy of kinship associated with the cnεl, mythological entities in origin stories, which appears to map onto catchment areas. By associating linguistic data with these ethnographic inputs and geographical properties calculated in a Geographic Information System, we generate and make suggestions for productive ways of understanding placenames as systems.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Environmental Engineering
Language:English
Date:1 April 2022
Deposited On:11 Jan 2023 14:53
Last Modified:14 Sep 2023 09:25
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:2049-7547
OA Status:Hybrid
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/jlg.2021.11
  • Content: Published Version
  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)