By George C. Munro
Birds of Hawaii isn't a drily medical textual content, even though it is obviously the made from clinical commentary and learn. it really is enlivened via Mr. Munro's eating excitement in his topic and via his advent of hundreds of thousands of fascinating sidelights from his lifetime pursuit of data referring to it.
The publication is split into 3 sections: "Native Birds", "Stray editions to the Hawaiian Islands" and "Imported Birds." every one poultry is pointed out via its medical identify, its universal name(or names), and relating to local birds, via its Hawaiian identify. those designations are by way of an outline of the bird's crucial features, its habitat, its unique tune or cry, and its conduct. The descriptions are more desirable via bright information from the author's personal adventure in looking at his subjects.
Twenty plates in complete colour, comprising illustrations of greater than one hundred fifty varied species of birds, including a range of black and white pictures, give you the reader with a simple skill for id of the birds defined.
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Walker (1917, 1980) provides still another type of sacred term that apparently has become obsolete, with very little exception. These sacred terms are formed by affixing the radical element kan to common words. About kan the Oglala, Sword, says: Kan means anything that is old or that has existed for a long time or that should be accepted because it has been so in former times, or it may mean a strange or wonderful thing or that which cannot be comprehended, or that which should not be questioned or it may mean a sacred or supernatural thing.
It is also apparent that there has been no systematic means of classifying this elusive genre of speechspecial language, sacred language, secret language, mystical language, ceremonial language. Also absent are empirical data, inventories of words and phrases understood to be incomprehensible. Rarely do we find any corpus of corrobative information in the quality and quantity of Malinowski's descriptive analysis of Trobriand Island spells and songs texts (Malinowski 1961, 428-63). Nevertheless, the conclusions drawn by our intellectual antecedents endure because they are theoretically interesting and because they offer an appetizing perspective on a universal linguistic phenomenon.
These methods are in turn influenced by the Euro-American musical tradition, which seeks to compartmentalize vocabularies employed to analyze corresponding cultural domains. Although the terms used in these vocabularies are ultimately derived from the folk idiom, the process of compartmentalization renders them, in Western tradition, technical language. This technical language then becomes exclusively associated with the domain, in this case music, and is perceived to be isolable from other cultural domains which are in part defined in terms of the vocabularies themselves.