Speech Play and Verbal Art
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 198

Speech Play and Verbal Art

Puns, jokes, proverbs, riddles, play languages, verbal dueling, parallelism, metaphor, grammatical stretching and manipulation in poetry and song— people around the world enjoy these forms of speech play and verbal artistry which form an intrinsic part of the fabric of their lives. Verbal playfulness is not a frivolous pursuit. Often indicative of people's deepest values and worldview, speech play is a significant site of intersection among language, culture, society, and individual expression. In this book, Joel Sherzer examines many kinds of speech play from places as diverse as the United States, France, Italy, Bali, and Latin America to offer the first full-scale study of speech play and verbal art. He brings together various speech-play forms and processes and shows what they have in common and how they overlap. He also demonstrates that speech play explores and indeed flirts with the boundaries of the socially, culturally, and linguistically possible and appropriate, thus making it relevant for anthropological and linguistic theory and practice, as well as for folklore and literary criticism.

Verbal Art in San Blas
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 281

Verbal Art in San Blas

This book represents the complete range of verbal performances in a single Native American society.

Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 260

Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians

The Kuna Indians of Panama, probably best known for molas, their colorful appliqué blouses, also have a rich literary tradition of oral stories and performances. One of the largest indigenous groups in the South American tropics, the majority of them (about 70,000) reside in Kuna Yala, a string of island and mainland villages stretching along the Caribbean coast. It is here that Joel Sherzer lived among them, photographing and recording their verbal performances, which he feels are representative of the beauty, complexity, and diversity of the oral literary traditions of the indigenous peoples of Latin America. This book is organized into three types of texts: humorous and moralistic storie...

TRANSLATING NAT LAT AMER VERBAL
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 309

TRANSLATING NAT LAT AMER VERBAL

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Nation-States and Indians in Latin America
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 335

Nation-States and Indians in Latin America

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Language in use
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 316

Language in use

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Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 501

Explorations in the Ethnography of Speaking

Classic case studies surveying the use, role and function of language and speech in social life.

Formas del habla kuna
  • Language: es
  • Pages: 335

Formas del habla kuna

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Adoring the Saints
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 219

Adoring the Saints

Mexico is famous for spectacular fiestas that embody its heart and soul. An expression of the cult of the saint, patron saint fiestas are the centerpiece of Mexican popular religion and of great importance to the lives and cultures of people and communities. These fiestas have their own language, objects, belief systems, and practices. They link Mexico's past and present, its indigenous and European populations, and its local and global relations. This work provides a comprehensive study of two intimately linked patron saint fiestas in the state of Guanajuato, near San Miguel de Allende—the fiesta of the village of Cruz del Palmar and that of the town of San Luis de la Paz. These two fiest...

Mormaknamaloe
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 20

Mormaknamaloe

  • Type: Book
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  • Published: 1976*
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  • Publisher: Unknown

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