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Query:   "Ventriloquizing" in Discourse
Author:  Cynthia Gordon
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics

Summary:   SEVERAL MONTHS AGO, I POSTED A QUERY ON BEHALF OF DEBORAH TANNEN
REGARDING A PHENOMENON SHE CALLS ''VENTRILOQUIZING,'' OR WHEN ONE PERSON
SPEAKS TO ANOTHER THROUGH A THIRD (BY SPEAKING AS, OR IN THE VOICE OF,
THE THIRD PERSON). I WAS LOOKING FOR REFERENCES RELATED TO THIS
PHENOMENON AND ALSO INFORMATION ABOUT BAKHTIN'S NOTION OF
''VENTRILOQUATING.'' I RECEIVED SEVERAL MESSAGES THAT LED TO THE
IDENTIFICATION OF SOME USEFUL ARTICLES ON THE SUBJECT. I WOULD LIKE TO
THANK JOHN KOONTZ, AKIRA SATOH, AND PARTICULARLY JILL BRODY FOR
PROVIDING USEFUL REFERENCES. BELOW, I HAVE LISTED THE REFERENCES I
HAVE FOUND MOST RELEVANT TO VENTRILOQUIZING. SORRY FOR THE DELAY.

SCHIEFFELIN, BAMBI B. 1990. ''KALULI CHILDREN: IDEOLOGY AND EVERYDAY
LIFE'' AND ''ELEMA AS A SOCIALIZING PRACTICE.'' CHAPTERS 3 AND 4 IN THE
GIVE AND TAKE OF EVERYDAY LIFE: LANGUAGE SOCIALIZATION OF KALULI
CHILDREN. CAMBRIDGE: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS. 37-74 AND 75-111.

SCOLLON, RON. 2001. ON THE ONTOGENESIS OF A SOCIAL ACTOR: FROM OBJECT
TO AGENCY IN BABYTALK. IN MEDIATED DISCOURSE: THE NEXUS OF
PRACTICE. LONDON: ROUTLEDGE. 86-112.

WERTSCH, JAMES V. 1991. ''BEYOND VYGOTSKY: BAKHTIN'S CONTRIBUTION'' AND
''SOCIOCULTURAL SETTING, SOCIAL LANGUAGES, AND MEDIATED ACTION.''
CHAPTERS 3 AND 6 IN VOICES OF THE MIND: A SOCIOCULTURAL APPROACH TO
MEDIATED ACTION. CAMBRIDGE, MA: HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS. 48-66 AND
119-147.

ALSO, JILL BRODY SUGGESTED LOOKING AT HER 1991 ARTICLE, ''INDIRECTION
IN THE NEGOTIATION OF SELF IN EVERYDAY TOJOLAB'AL WOMEN'S
CONVERSATION,'' WHICH APPEARED IN THE JOURNAL OF LINGUISTIC
ANTHROPOLOGY 1(1): 78-96. (I HAVE YET TO READ THE ARTICLE - I'M STILL
WAITING FOR MY INTERLIBRARY LOAN REQUEST TO COME IN!) SHE ALSO
COMMENTED THAT THE ISSUE OF ''VENTRILOQUIZING'' WAAS ADDRESSED AT THE
BAKHTIN CONFERENCE IN GDANSK IN A PAPER BY TATIANA BUBNOVA AND
M.-PIERETTE MAL/CUZ^YN'SKA (GLOSS OF DIACRITICS: ' INDICATES ACUTE
ACCENT OVER PRECEDING SYMBOL, / INDICATES SLASH THROUGH PRECEDING
SYMBOL, ^ INDICATES ''HACHEK'' OR LITTLE ''V'' OVER PRECEDING SYMBOL.).
THEY REPORTED THAT THE TERM ''VENTRILOQUATE'' APPEARS ONLY IN THE
ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF THE DIALOGIC IMAGINATION BY EMERSON AND
HOLQUIST 1981:299.

JOHN KOONTZ POINTED OUT A RELATED PHENOMENON: CONVERSATION BETWEEN A
MAN AND HIS WIFE'S PARENTS IS NORMALLY AVOIDED IN VARIOUS SIOUAN
CULTURES, E.G. DAKOTAN, OMAHA. A COMMON DEVICE AMONG THE OMAHA TO
DEAL WITH THIS TABOO WAS SPEAKING TO A CHILD WHO WAS PRESENT. (SEE
FLETCHER, ALICE C. AND LAFLESCHE, FRANCIS. 1911(1972). THE OMAHA
TRIBE. BAE-AR 27, 1905-1906. WASHINGTON, DC. GPO. (LINCOLN, NE: BISON
BOOKS). P. 334.)

OTHER INTERESTING ARTICLES RELATING TO TRIADIC EXCHANGES WHERE ONE
PERSON SERVES AS AN INTERMEDIARY (BUT A PARTICIPANT IS NOT NECESSARILY
''VENTRILOQUIZED'' IN TANNEN'S SENSE) INCLUDE:

BRENNEIS, DONALD. 1986. SHARED TERRITORY: AUDIENCE, INDIRECTION AND
MEANING.

TEXT 6(3): 339-347.

FIELD, MARGARET. 2001. TRIADIC DIRECTIVES IN NAVAJO LANGUAGE
SOCIALIZATION. LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY 30: 249-263.

HAVILAND, JOHN. 1979. GUUGU YIMIDHIRR BROTHER-IN-LAW
LANGUAGE. LANGUAGE IN SOCIETY 8: 365-393.

HAVILAND, JOHN. 1986. 'CON BUENOS CHILES': TALK, TARGETS, AND TEASING
IN ZINACANTE1N. TEXT 6(3): 249-282.

OCHS, ELINOR. 1982. TALKING TO CHILDREN IN WESTERN SAMOA. LANGUAGE IN
SOCIETY 11:77-104.


CYNTHIA GORDON
PH.D. CANDIDATE, GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
CYNGORDON@AOL.COM

PLEASE SEND ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS OR INSIGHTS INTO ''VENTRILOQUIZING'' TO ME
(NOT TO THE LIST.) THANK YOU.

LL Issue: 12.2502
Date Posted: 08-Oct-2001
Original Query: Read original query