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Seldom Ask, Never Tell : Labor and Discourse in Appalachia - Anita Puckett

Seldom Ask, Never Tell

Labor and Discourse in Appalachia

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Puckett takes a new look at the relationship between language, society, and economics by examining how people talk about work in a rural Appalachian community. Through careful analysis of conversations in casual yet commercial contexts, she finds that the construction and maintenance of this discourse is essential to the community's socioeconomic relationships. The volume will appeal to linguists, anthropologists, and scholars in communications and Appalachian studies.

By focusing on her empirical data from Ash Creek, Puckett offers a cogent interpretation and defense of speaking practices familiar to others who study Appalachia. She thus provides a baseline for future study of variation and change in speaking patterns within the region. Language in Society Puckett offers comprehensive and revealing interpretations of the range of communicative practices (verbal and nonverbal) through which Ash Creek residents share labour, exchange goods and services, and access commodities and jobs from outside the community. Language in Society ... an important, long-needed work that enables us to conceptualize "Appalachian speech" not only in terms of dialect or traditional aesthetic resources, but also according to characteristc "ways of speaking" and the ideology of pragmatics that informs them. Language in Society ... a challenging book, drawing extensively and effectively on current anthropological theory and terminology. It will stretch the reader's thinking and penetrate the superficial analysis that has characterized all but a few works on mountain speech ... the author deftly extracts cultural meaning from everyday interactions. Journal of Appalachian Studies Ground-breaking ... rich in data ... No book published in the past generation offers a greater wealth of insight on the functions of speech patterns in traditional Appalachia. Journal of Appalachian Studies

Editorial Boardp. ii
Prefacep. vii
Note on Transcriptionp. xiii
Introductionp. 3
Possessive Constructions and Lingcaistic-Economicsp. 26
Participant Frameworks Indexed by Requesting Discoursep. 51
Volunteerins,"""" Direct """"Askins,"""" and Optional Uses of Nonimperative Requesting Discourse""""p. 67
Nonimperative Requesting Practices: Takin Care Of,"""" """"Tradin,"""" and """"Makin a Deal""""""""p. 94
Nonrequesting Uses of Imperativesp. 117
Helpin Somebody Out"""": Imperatives in Task Situations""""p. 130
Doin for Somebody"""": Orders and Imperatives""""p. 168
Conclusionp. 206
Participantsp. 217
Summary of Daily Activitiesp. 221
Notesp. 227
Referencesp. 263
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780195102772
ISBN-10: 0195102770
Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 326
Published: 9th November 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.3 x 16.2  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.59