Police Motu


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Police Motu

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(Languages) a pidginized version of the Motu language, used as a lingua franca in Papua, originally chiefly by the police. Also called: Hiri Motu
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In this section I have indicated that the discursive encompassment of linguistically and culturally diverse local groups by Europeans particularly through the medium of Police Motu contributed to an elision between a variety of conceptions of dangerous spirit entities and a generalized class of death-dealing ritual specialists, increasingly commonly called 'vada' by Europeans, and glossed in English as 'sorcerers'.
In Pari, the Motu village where 1 have conducted fieldwork, the lingua franca is still referred to as Police Motu by elderly villagers, who use it only when necessary to communicate with outsiders--if English cannot be substituted.