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The language of life and death : the transformation of experiencein oral narrative

Author: William Labov
Publisher: Cambridge : CAMBRIDGE University Press, 2013.
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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  Read more...
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Labov, William.
Language of life and death.
Cambridge : CAMBRIDGE University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2012045220
(OCoLC)823139809
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Labov
ISBN: 9781139519632 1139519638
OCLC Number: 847521463
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 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.
Responsibility: by William Labov.

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William Labov extends his widely used framework for narrative analysis to matters of greatest human concern: life and death.  Read more...

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'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. Read more...

 
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