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'New heaven and new earth': translation and conversion on Aneityum

Gardner, Helen Bethea 2006, 'New heaven and new earth': translation and conversion on Aneityum, Journal of pacific history, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 293-311, doi: 10.1080/00223340600984778.

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Title 'New heaven and new earth': translation and conversion on Aneityum
Author(s) Gardner, Helen BetheaORCID iD for Gardner, Helen Bethea orcid.org/0000-0002-3717-0535
Journal name Journal of pacific history
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 293
End page 311
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2006-12
ISSN 0022-3344
1469-9605
Summary The idea that 19th-century Europeans and Islanders faced each other across virtually impassable linguistic and cultural boundaries has been a model for Pacific ethnohistory and can, perhaps, be traced in part to the Sapir-Whorf theory of linguistic incommensurability. Based on a case study concerning the translation of the Aneityum [Anejom] bible in Southern Vanuatu in the mid-19th century, the article considers whether the engagement between Islanders and missionaries might be better investigated through the dynamic dialogic model of Bakhtin and Voloshinov: thus speakers and interlocutors on Aneityum actively sought to understand each other through debates and dialogues about the new deity and His place in the spiritual cosmos of the island. The article first discusses the Protestant missionary defence of linguistic parity and commensurability and the formal practices of 19th-century British bible translation; then analyses debates on the new God's efficacy between missionary John Geddie and Nohoat, the foremost sorcerer of the area; and concludes by considering the translation of words particularly important to the Christian faith.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00223340600984778
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The Journal of Pacific History Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003702

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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