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Title: The Tribe That Cursed Too Much - the linguistics behind Oceanic taboos
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Published: Apr 21, 2021
Author: NativLang
Post Date: 2021-04-21 10:17:16 by NeoconsNailed
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This island can out-swear you by a longshot. And you thought your language had a lot of bad words...

Honor the dead and rethink cursing as we run afoul of some major taboos in Oceania. This is the story of the Kwaio and their unique taboo language.

Dabbling in Malayo-Polynesian, I'm fascinated by this Oceanic contribution to linguistics: the idea that all curse words are part of a wider phenomenon called "taboo", and that a cultural mechanism stands behind taboo terms. I think I've finally found a way to tell their tale.

NN COMMENTED THERE: They must have been studying the first world, where political correctness requires that all hot-button words be either banned or changed every 20 years.

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Aren't languages fascinating? They don't come any weirder than this.

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