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Front Row: F. Ameka, W. Wickler, I. Hoem, G. Senft, C. Goddard, K. Hirschfeld, C. Kratz, L. Obbink, F. Pinto. Back Row: J. Du Bois, A. da Silva, S. Ide, J. Lucy, N. Enfield, M. Gnerre, L. Aiello, C. Briggs, V. Malkin, M. Silverstein, E. Basso, S. Oakdale, J. Haviland, J. Kuipers, R. Bauman.

March 16-23, 2007
Hotel Palácio de Seteais, Sintra, Portugal

PUBLICATION: Ritual Communication, edited by  Gunter Senft and Ellen B. Basso. Berg Publishers: Oxford. 2009.


bookcoverFelix K. Ameka (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Ellen B. Basso, organzier (University of Arizona, USA)
Richard Bauman (Indiana University, USA)
Charles L. Briggs (University of California-Berkeley, USA)
Antonio José B. da Silva (University of Arizona, USA)
John W. Du Bois (University of California-Santa Barbara, USA)
Nick Enfield (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands)
Maurizio Gnerre (University of Naples, Italy)
Cliff Goddard (University of New England, Australia)
John B. Haviland (University of California-San Diego, La Jolla, USA)
Katherine Hirschfeld (University of Oklahoma, USA)
Ingjerd Hoëm (The Kon-Tiki Museum, Norway)
Sachiko Ide (Japan Women's University)
Corinne A. Kratz (Emory University, USA)
Joel Kuipers (George Washington University, USA)
John A. Lucy (University of Chicago, USA)
Victoria Malkin (Wenner-Gren Foundation, USA)
Suzanne Oakdale (University of New Mexico, USA)
Gunter Senft (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands)
Michael Silverstein (University of Chicago, USA)
Wolfgang Wickler (Max Planck Institute for Behavioral Physiology, Germany)

Final Report

Ritual communication, our original topic, elicited papers of great variety and interest from scholars from various parts of the world with varied theoretical orientations. Their contributions were all based on empirical data gathered during anthropological-linguistic field research. These papers made clear how the speech-centeredness of ritual practice has profound conseque