Bettina Beer

Bettina Beer received her PhD in anthropology from the University of Hamburg and habilitated in 2001 with a project on ‘Body concepts, interethnic relations and theories of racism’. She has conducted long‑term fieldwork in the Philippines and PNG, and researched on cultural diversity in the German‑speaking Europe. She received a Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research Foundation and became professor of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Heidelberg in 2006. Since 2008 Bettina Beer has been professor of social and cultural anthropology at the University of Lucerne. She is co-editor of the journal Sociologus.

Wampar–English Dictionary »

With an English–Wampar finder list

Publication date: December 2021
This ethnographic dictionary is the result of Hans Fischer’s long-term fieldwork among the Wampar, who occupy the middle Markham Valley in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea (PNG). Their language, Dzob Wampar, belongs to the Markham family of the Austronesian languages. Today most Wampar speak not only Wampar but also PNG’s lingua franca, Tok Pisin. Six decades of Wampar research has documented the extent and speed of change in the region. Today, mining, migration and the commodification of land are accelerating the pace of change in Wampar communities, resulting in great individual differences in knowledge of the vernacular. This dictionary covers largely forgotten Wampar expressions as well as loanwords from German and Jabêm that have become part of everyday language. Most entries contain example sentences from original Wampar texts. The dictionary is complemented by an overview of ethnographic research among Wampar, a sketch of Wampar grammar, a bibliography and an English-to-Wampar finder list.