Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics

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1. Introduction

Originally from the Tongan language, which belongs to the Polynesian group of languages, the word ‘ taboo’ was first introduced into English in 1777 by the naval explorer Captain James Cook (1728–1779), and later entered other European languages. The concept refers to anything sacred and inviolable and later, by extension, to anything that is in contradiction to moral standards or good mann…

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Avihai Shivtiel, “Taboo”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 13 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_COM_0332>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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