By Anita Puckett

Puckett takes a brand new examine the connection among language, society, and economics via studying how humans speak about paintings in a rural Appalachian neighborhood. via cautious research of conversations in informal but advertisement contexts, she reveals that the development and upkeep of this discourse is key to the community's socioeconomic relationships. the quantity will entice linguists, anthropologists, and students in communications and Appalachian reviews.

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Somewhere in this stream of talk, I realized I needed an identity; I need to be "placed" in Ash Creek terms. To establish an identity, I taught extension college classes first at the center and then at the local grade school several miles from Ash Creek. Here I met adult students, mostly women, who allowed me to record classes and a few other interactions. Many became friends and I visited with them from time to time. Teaching allowed me to assume the role of "teacher" in Ash Creek, a very helpful one because it "placed" me in a status in which my nonmarriecl state was validated.

All residents had some way to talk to me and to shape their conversations with me. What few problems arose while I lived in Ash Creek were products of my being a single, educated, infrequent churchgoer, rather than being an "anthropologist" doing research. During the day, I would "visit," an activity still widely practiced in Ash Creek. Either alone or with someone, I would perhaps stop at the loeal diner when it was in business, stop by homes where I had been invited or knew I was welcome, or attend a community event such as a yard sale, gospel sing, public meeting on political matters, wedding, or funeral.

Contextual constraints on what can be possessed under what grammatical and contextual conditions reveal a major means by which residents transform commodities to personal goods and vice versa. " They also reveal how residents use a grammatical resource to construct cultural meanings about objects and labor. , Blum-Kulka, House, and Kasper 1989a; Brown and Levinson 1987 [1978]; Ervin-Tripp 1976; Irvine 1980, 1989; Rosaldo 1982). Chapter 3 discusses how Ash Creek requests index "rights," "place," and "claims" relationships among participants and economic entities to construct appropriate linguistic-economic participant frameworks.

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