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Palya, that one. (4) 'Wiru' is occasionally used as a more final formulation of general approval, but it may also be used interchangeably with 'palya': APe This! APa Wirunya. [variant: 'wonderful, of course') APb Uwa. APe Wiruku talk. : 'wonderful' + possessive] APe Palya, that one. APn {Uwa: APn Uwa. APn Uwa APx Wiru. APy Palya. APz Uwa. (5) 'Palya' is also used to smooth over discussions which are endangered by an argument or unpleasant confrontation. In (6) I was about to speak further about a matter which, unknown to me, would have caused an argument between two of those present.

At one community, all the men and women gathered together to hear his important words, but when it was time for him to begin speaking, he turned to me (as the community adviser) and said, 'Good, not for me [to speak]. Later I'll speak' (Palya, wiyakurna. Marla ngayuku wangkanyi). Another person, speaking at a meeting of a pan-tribal council, prefaced his remarks with, 'Just a little bit I have to say' (Tjuku-tjuku tjukutjuku wangkama), despite the fact that he intended to speak for a long while.

Durkheim writes (1915: 5-6): Things are quite different in the lower societies. The slighter development of individuality, the small extension of the group, the homogeneity of external circumstances, all contribute to reducing the differences and variations to a minimum. The group has an intellectual and moral conformity of which we find but rare examples in the more advanced societies. Everything is common to all. Movements are stereotyped; everybody performs the same tasks in the same circumstances, and this conformity of conduct only translates the conformity of thought.

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