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Secret ManipulationsLanguage and Context in Africa$
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Anne Storch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199768974

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199768974.001.0001

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(p.168) 6 Ambiguity
Secret Manipulations

Anne Storch

Oxford University Press

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

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