Linguistics in context : connecting observation and by Deborah Tannen

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Mentioning demons reminds me of a story, but that's not quite honest either. " Erving Goffman (1981) was on to tricks like this, and he taught us to be sure that all of these little stories and asides we happen to remember are the most planned and rehearsed parts of any lecture. In Bali they give shadow plays and readings of old texts and things when there are a lot of demons around, when someone dies or someone is suffering or something chaotic is happening. A puppeteer or a reading club comes to the place of difficulty and begins to perform nonstop until the corpse is cremated or some other imbalance has been brought back to balance.

Haj? " Wow! Gertrude Stein took, I see. Let's continue. Would you read yours? " The next one? " Very careful! Next one, please? L. " That's what happens when someone does it twice in one week. She's in the seminar. Let's go on. " Good. He got there, I think. Do you have one? '" No nonsense about that. How long is it going to take us to get to the back of the room? We'll probably never get to the back of the room but we have to do a few more. " The major accomplishment of the evening. Anyone else?

Wittgenstein, Ludwig. 1958. Philosophical investigations. New York: Macmillan. ) This page intentionally left blank CHAPTER TWO Inarticulateness* /?. P. McDermott Teachers College, Columbia University Scientifically speaking, the basis of life—the energy of life, as Aristotle would call it—is simply the desire for expression. Oscar Wilde ([1889] 1956) One has only learnt to get the better of words for the thing one no longer has to say. S. Eliot (1943) There are times in everyday life that are well organized for us to have a say.

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