Engelskan på Tristan da Cunha

Den har sidan handlar om benämningar och ord som är typiska för den sociala kulturen och de speciella förhållandena som råder på Tristan da Cunha. Texten har hämtats från ”The English of Tristan da Cunha” av Arne Zettersten och är citerad.

The use of nicknames is extremely common on Tristan da Cunha. The importance of this is best realized, if it is associated with the special pratice teasing that has developed on the island. The use of the nickname thus has an important social function and often has to do with some events in a person's past, about which he may be particularly sensitive. Some phrases typical of the island usage are connected with the holidays and festivals peculiar to the island community. The material culture has also left a definitive stamp on word-formation in cases of clothing, farmin, fishing, etc.

Various aspects of the sociological and anthropological background of Tristan da Cunha have been studied by Peter A Munch in Sociology of Tristan da Cunha (1945).

This (shortened) introduction can be found in "The English of Tristan da Cunha" by Arne Zettersten. (Lund Studies in English. 37. Published in 1969).

With kind permission from the author - Professor Arne Zettersten - part of his studies will follow in sections (corresponding to his book) - see below.

Vocabulary
Onomastic Material
Birds
Habitation names
Fish
Hills, ridges, craters, slopes, inland rocks
Plants
Rocks (in the sea or on the coast), hardies, bluffs
Words connected with the fauna
Points, headlands, capes
Daily work
Plains, plateaus, districts, woods
Food
Gulches, valleys
Clothes
Brooks, waterfalls, crater lakes
Illness, etc.
Bays, beaches, caves
Nature
Tracks, paths, roads
The sea
Personal names, nicknames
People, the community
Miscellaneous names
Holidays, parties, games
Buildings
Summary

 

Uppdaterad 2013, John