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  • Niels Peter Lemche
    Mar 3, 2013
      I know of the origins of emic and etic, but these terms are used without the addition og "phon-" in social anthropology to distinguish between what the informer tells you and what you think yourself. It means that what one part seems as the fact is not necessarily shared by the other part. The use of the two concepts are in anthropology not as old as in linguistics, but quite common and accepted.

      To illustrate the issue, in his well-known book "The Nuer" from the thirties, Evans-Pritchard wrote about the "Nuer". When his students returned after the war, they couldn't find them. It showed up that "Nuer" was the term used by the Dinka about the people living on the other side of the river. The people themselves did not know that they were the "Nuer".

      I used the concept for the first time in Early Israel from 1985.

      Niels Peter Lemche

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      Emne: [ANE-2] emic/etic

      Toward the end of one of his long postings on "Palestine," Niels Peter recently used the terms "emic" and "etic."

      I wonder what they mean to him?

      ("The usual use by scholars of X" would not be a helpful answer. The terms arose in linguistics almost 150 years ago and have been reinterpreted many times.) 
      Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
      Jersey City

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