Department of Anthropology

The term Gammon, which can be glossed in the Northern Territory as fake, cheap, or broken, is...

"On gammon and 'global noise': Intercultural media and expressive language in Northern Australia"

Mon, February 9, 2009 | EPS 1.128

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The term Gammon, which can be glossed in the Northern Territory as fake, cheap, or broken, is shared across varieties of Aboriginal English and Kriol and has become an affectionately regarded icon of a broad, intra-Aboriginal public culture. Historically gammon has referred to the distraction proffered as one’s pockets are picked, and more generally as humbug or nonsense. Such glosses are still helpful for grasping the playful dissimulation and ‘put ons’ which gammon often names in Northern Australia. This paper discusses gammon’s currency in order to illuminate some emergent features of institutionalized cultural production and musical mediation in Aboriginal Northern Australia.

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