Date: 18-Jul-2006 From: Eric van Broekhuizen <E.van.Broekhuizenrodopi.nl> Subject: Extremely Common 'Eloquence': Macaulay
Title: Extremely Common 'Eloquence'
Subtitle: Constructing Scottish identity through narrative
Series Title: SCROLL: Scottish Cultural Review of Language and Literature Vol. 4
Author: Ronald K.S. Macaulay
Paperback: ISBN: 9042017740 Pages: 299 Price: Europe EURO 25.00 Comment: textbook
Paperback: ISBN: 9042017643 Pages: 299 Price: Europe EURO 90.00
'Extremely Common Eloquence' presents a detailed analysis of the narrative and rhetorical skills employed by working-class Scots in talking about important aspects of their lives. The wide range of devices employed by the speakers and the high quality of the examples provide convincing evidence to reject any possible negative evaluation of working-class speech on the basis of details of non-standard pronunciation and grammar. In addition to this display of linguistic accomplishment the examples examined show how these skills are employed to communicate important aspects of Scottish identity and culture.
Although the political status of Scotland has fluctuated over the past four hundred years, the sense of Scottish identity has remained strong. Part of that sense of identity comes from a form of speech that remains markedly distinct from that of the dominant neighbour to the south. There are cultural attitudes that indicate a spirit of independence that is consistent with this linguistic difference. The ways in which the speakers in this book express themselves reveal their beliefs in egalitarianism, independence, and the value of hard work. 'Extremely Common Eloquence' demonstrates how the methods of linguistic analysis can be combined with an investigation into cultural values.
Contents Preface List of speakers Chapter One: The Study of Language Chapter Two: The Problems of Transcription Chapter Three: A Small Soap Opera Chapter Four: The Uses of Dialogue Chapter Five: The Significance of Stories Chapter Six: Third Person Narratives Chapter Seven: A Stylistic Anomaly Chapter Eight: Family Stories Chapter Nine: The Auld Scotch Tongue Chapter Ten: The Culture of Jock Tamson's Bairns Chapter Eleven: The Poetry of Talk Chapter Twelve: Discover the People Appendix A: Len M.'s Trip to Russia and Two Versions of a Story Appendix B: Bill Dalgleish's Story Appendix C: Bella K.'s Father Glossary Bibliography Index