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Ku`u Wahi Alelo, Le`a Nō Ke Ho`Opā `Ia.

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Title:Ku`u Wahi Alelo, Le`a Nō Ke Ho`Opā `Ia.
Authors:Ah Mook Sang, Presley K.
Contributors:Hawaiian (department)
Date Issued:Aug 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:The goal of this thesis is to analyze ʻōlelo nane as a Hawaiian language repository.
Additionally, Western dominance over native cultures will be deconstructed in regards to
language acquisition and perpetuation. With focus on the Hawaiian language, a shift from this
native tongue to an introduced Western language, i.e. English, impacted native understanding
and brought new ways of interpretation. Concepts relevant to the native worldview that were
once internalized at a subconscious level have become increasingly less prevalent in the present
society, resulting in a heavily Western influenced language structure.
ʻŌlelo nane, loosely translated as Hawaiian riddles, parables, and allegories, is an indirect
speech method that requires the speaker and interpreter both to have a thorough understanding of
the Hawaiian language and its ideological systems. This thesis aims to dissect and decode ʻōlelo
nane while encouraging the readers to broaden their understanding of the Hawaiian language
through this once standard speech method.
Through the ideas outlined, the research will stress the importance of the usage of these
language traits by present-day speakers and second-language learners of Hawaiian in an attempt
to uphold the essence of this language through a worldview similar to those of our ancestors. In
order to fully grasp meaning in the Hawaiian language, we must understand the various roles and
facets of ʻōlelo, including nane, and how they are incorporated in everyday speech.
Description:M.A. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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