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LINGUIST List 24.3441

Tue Sep 03 2013

Books: The Language of Life and Death: Labov

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 03-Sep-2013
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: The Language of Life and Death: Labov
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Title: The Language of Life and Death
Subtitle: The Transformation of Experience in Oral Narrative
Published: 2013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://cambridge.org

Book URL: http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/sociolinguistics/language-life-and-death-transformation-experience-oral-narrative

Author: William Labov
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107656819 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 17.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107656819 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 27.99
Abstract:

We share the experience of others through the stories they tell of the crucial events in their lives. This book provides a rich range of narratives that grip the reader's attention together with an analysis of
how it is done. While remaining true to the facts, narrators use linguistic devices to present themselves in the best possible light and change the listener's perception of who is to blame for what has occurred. William Labov extends his widely used framework for narrative analysis to matters of greatest human concern: the danger of death, violence, premonitions, and large-scale community conflicts. The book also examines traditional epic and historical texts, from Herodotus and the Old Testament to Macaulay, showing how these literary genres draw upon the techniques of personal narratives. Not only relevant to students of narratology, discourse and sociolinguistics, this book will be rewarding reading for anyone interested in the human condition.

Advance Praise: 'Erudite, thoughtful and personal, an engaging book to be read and pondered, as much for the fundamental issues raised and the fascinating data analyzed as for the solutions offered.' Neal R. Norrick, Saarland University

1. Introduction to the language of life and death; 2. Narrative analysis; 3. The escalation of violence; 4. Confrontations with death; 5. Premonitions and communication with the dead; 6. Margie Knott: her confrontation with the neighbors; 7. Gloria Stein: 'They stoned the house'; 8. Rose Norman: the death of her younger sister; 9. Mary Costa: the death of her youngest daughter; 10. Cache County; 11. The vernacular origin of epic style; 12. Historians' use of narrative; 13. Thomas Babington Macaulay: the death of Monmouth; 14. S. T. Bindoff: the death of Elizabeth; 15. 2 Samuel: the death of Absalom; 16. The narrative view of death and life.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Ling & Literature
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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