Collection MS 41 - Biga Boyowa - A notional study of the Trobriand Islands language

Biga Boyowa - A notional study of the Trobriand Islands language, pp1-112
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AU PMB MS 41

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Biga Boyowa - A notional study of the Trobriand Islands language

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  • c.1940 (Creation)

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(1907-1990)

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Bernard Baldwin (1907-1990) was born in Preston, England. He studied at the Apostolic School, Douglas Park and later at the Sacred Heart Monastery, Kensington. He was ordained on November 30, 1933. His first appointment was to Eastern Papua, founding mission stations at Milne Bay and the Trobriand Islands. He also contributed a great deal to the islands of Sideia and Basilaki. He spent a total of twenty years in Eastern Papua during which time he wrote numerous articles, mostly on the Trobriand Islands, for Annals of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

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Father Baldwin spent several years at the Sacred Heart Mission in the Trobriand Islands.

In an introduction to his work, Father Baldwin says that Biga Boyowa is the language of the district commissioner's office (in the Trobriands area), mission translations, school programmes and the anthropological works of Malinowski, Powell, Uberoi, and others. He goes on: Mastery of the Biga Boyowa will enable conversation with people of the Lousancays, Marshall Bennets, Woodlarks, Laughlans, Amphletts and a goodly number of those living to the south, upwards of sixteen thousand people. To know the Boyowan language and culture is to know in a way the better half of the language and culture of the rest of the Massim people. Contact with these is frequent and familiar, and the evidence of the interpenetration of their language and culture with Boyowan abundant ...

See also PMB 63 and PMB 64.

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(1991) Sacred Heart Monastery, 1 Roma Avenue, Kensington NSW 2033

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Access this title at PMB Member Libraries or by purchasing it directly from the Bureau: http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/pambu/accessing.php

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Digitised in April 2016. This reel was put into 1 PDF for the digital version.

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