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Title:Implicit ways of thanking in Engwi
Author:Katesi Yime-Yime K.ISNI
Year:1994
Periodical:Annales aequatoria (ISSN 0254-4296)
Volume:15
Pages:13-21
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs., maps
Geographic terms:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Central Africa
Subjects:language usage
Ngul language
language
Engwi language
communication
Social values
Abstract:In Engwi, a West Zairian Bantu language also known as Ngoli and Ngul, gratitude may be expressed either verbally or nonverbally. Based on data collected in the Angwi community of Mateko, in the province of Bandundu (Zaire), the author describes the various ways in which thanks is expressed indirectly, through a compliment, through a third party, through an apology or through body language or gestures. Thanks may not always be expressed immediately, but may be deferred to an appropriate moment, in keeping with the principle of reciprocity in the exchange of gifts. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. in French (p. 628).
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