BIRDS OF THE GREAT ANDAMANESE: Names, Classification and Culture

Paperback | July 15, 2011

bySatish Pande, Anvita Abbi

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The first work on Great Andamanese ethno-ornithology, it looks into semantics, linguistics, cultural history, and ornithology. Starting with a brief history of ornithology, the book moves on to describe the birdlife of Andamans, indigenous place names of Andamanese Islands, the language andpeople, among other things. The main part of the book is taken up by species description complemented by photographs of over 100 Andaman bird species. From the methodology of data collection and ethnobiology and nomenclature of birds to how living things are perceived by traditional societies, thenomenclature of avian taxa, and ethno-ornithological classification by Great Andamanese - the range of issues addressed is breathtaking. Interesting details and information related to bird calls and their significance, sound-size symbolism, birds in omen and augury, and bird colour and symbolism adda special flavour to the reading. Importantly, the book also dwells on the threats to wild flora and fauna of Andaman Islands and provides recommendations for conservation. The detailed indices - of Great Andamanese names of taxa; of orders, families, and Latin names; and of common English and scientific names of taxa - would be of immense help to the serious scholar and researcher of birds of the Great Andamanese.

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The first work on Great Andamanese ethno-ornithology, it looks into semantics, linguistics, cultural history, and ornithology. Starting with a brief history of ornithology, the book moves on to describe the birdlife of Andamans, indigenous place names of Andamanese Islands, the language andpeople, among other things. The main part of t...

Satish Pande is Practising Interventional Radiologist and Sonologist at KEM Hospital, Pune. Ornithologist, bird photographer, illustrator, conservationist, and doctor, he is the Founder President of Ela Foundation, an NGO devoted to 'Nature Conservation through Education'. Anvita Abbi is Professor of Linguistics at Jawaharlal Nehru Un...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 5 × 8.98 × 0.5 inPublished:July 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198072627

ISBN - 13:9780198072621

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IntroductionBrief ornithlogical historyBirdlife of AndamansIndigenous place names of Andamanese IslandsLanguage and PeopleMethodology of data collectionEthnobiology and nomenclature of birdsHow are living things perceived by traditional societiesSemantic dimensionsWhy recognize bird species 'Utilitarian View' versus 'Inherent Need'Notes on the nomenclature of avian taxaEthno-ornithological classification by Great AndamaneseChart showing bird classification by Great AndamaneseTable showing Great Andamanese names for birdsSome Great Andamanese terms related to birds and natureEthnographyOnomatopoeia, bird calls and their significanceSound-Size symbolismBirds in omen and auguryBird colour and symbolismSome anthropological considerationsThreats to wild flora and fauna of Andaman IslandsRecommendations for conservationEthnobiological aspects of bird conservationAbout the bookSpecies descriptions / Covert taxa / Folk tale of 'Maya Jiro Mithe' / Some references / 'Varnamala' for Great Andamanese childrenIndex of Great Andamanese names of taxaIndex of Orders, Families and Latin NamesIndex of common English and scientific names of taxa