Seldom Ask, Never Tell: Labor and Discourse in Appalachia

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Oxford University Press, Nov 9, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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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.
 

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Contents

I am just a simple man
3
Whose girl are you?
26
Thats not right
51
You shouldnt have to ask for that
67
Takin Care of Tradin and Makin a Deal Can I hep ya?
94
Did I tell you about the time ?
117
Imperatives in Task Situations Hey Claude hand me that rope
130
Orders and Imperatives You should a done this and you should a done that
168
The way we do things is different
206
Participants
217
Summary of Daily Activities
221
Notes
227
References
263
Index
279
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