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Positioning by naming: Constructing group affiliation in a colonial setting

  • Defining groups and affiliating the self and the other with specific social categories is an important part of constructing a colonial conceptualization of societies. Many written documents from the colonial period attest to this practice. The current paper focuses on missionaries’ ways of positioning themselves and others within the colonial context. The German speaking Rheinische Missionsgesellschaft (RMG, Rhenish Mission Society) established mission stations in the Astrolabe Bay area of New Guinea, an area that was under German domination between 1884 and 1914. The paper analyzes how RMG missionaries, by means of language, construct, define, and position different population groups, and it investigates what patterns emerge from these language practices.

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Author:Doris StolbergGND
Parent Title (English):The Linguistic Heritage of Colonial Practice
Series (Serial Number):Koloniale und postkoloniale Linguistik (13)
Publisher:de Gruyter
Place of publication:Berlin [u.a.]
Editor:Brigitte Weber
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2019
Date of Publication (online):2019/01/22
Tag:colonial group construction; genericity; mission societies; positioning of self and other; stereotyping
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Kolonialismus; Papua-Neuguinea; Rheinische Missions-Gesellschaft; Stereotypisierung
First Page:115
Last Page:138
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Program areas:Lexik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung - Nicht kommerziell - Keine Bearbeitungen 4.0 International