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The Resource Talk is cheap : sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language, John Haiman

Talk is cheap : sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language, John Haiman

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Talk is cheap : sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language
Title
Talk is cheap
Title remainder
sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language
Statement of responsibility
John Haiman
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Putting aside questions of truth and falsehood, the old 'talk is cheap' maxim carries as much weight as ever. Indeed, perhaps more. For one need not be an expert in irony or sarcasm to realize that people don't necessarily mean what they say. Phrases such as 'Yeah, right' and 'I could care less' are so much a part of the way we speak - and the way we live - that we are more likely to notice when they are absent (for example, Forrest Gump). From our everyday dialogues and conversations ('Thanks a lot!') to the screenplays of our popular films (Pulp Fiction), what is said is frequently very different from what is meant. Talk is Cheap begins with this telling observation and proceeds to argue that such 'unplain speaking' is fundamentally embedded in the way we now talk. Author John Haiman traces this sea-change in our use of language to the emergence of a postmodern 'divided self' who is hyper-conscious that what he or she is saying has been said before; 'cheap talk' thus allows us to distance ourselves from a social role with which we are uncomfortable.; Haiman goes on to examine the full range of these pervasive distancing mechanisms, from cliches and quotation marks to camp and parody. Also, and importantly, Haiman highlights several ways in which language is evolving (and has evolved) from non-linguistic behaviour. In other words, this study shows us how what we are saying is continually separating itself from how we say it. As provocative as it is timely, the book will be fascinating reading for students of linguistics, literature, communication, anthropology, philosophy, and popular culture
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digitized
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MT4IT
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Haiman, John
Dewey number
401
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
P106
LC item number
.H2885 1997eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Language and languages
  • Semantics
  • Pragmatics
  • Irony
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • Irony
  • Language and languages
  • Pragmatics
  • Semantics
  • Spot
  • Ironie
  • Spreektaal
Label
Talk is cheap : sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language, John Haiman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-211) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
other
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Cheapness of Talk -- 1. Sarcasm and the Postmodern Sensibility -- 2. Sarcasm and Its Neighbors -- 3. The Metamessage "I Don't Mean This" -- 4. Alienation and the Divided Self -- 5. Reflexives as Grammatical Signs of the Divided Self -- 6. Un-Plain Speaking -- 7. The Thing in Itself -- 8. Zen Semantics -- 9. Nonlinguistic Ritualization -- 10. Ritualization in Language -- 11. Metalinguistic Ritualization -- 12. Reification and Innateness -- App. Questionnaire for Eliciting Sarcasm
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252598275
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 220 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195115246
Lccn
96040140
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)252598275
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Talk is cheap : sarcasm, alienation, and the evolution of language, John Haiman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 195-211) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
other
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: The Cheapness of Talk -- 1. Sarcasm and the Postmodern Sensibility -- 2. Sarcasm and Its Neighbors -- 3. The Metamessage "I Don't Mean This" -- 4. Alienation and the Divided Self -- 5. Reflexives as Grammatical Signs of the Divided Self -- 6. Un-Plain Speaking -- 7. The Thing in Itself -- 8. Zen Semantics -- 9. Nonlinguistic Ritualization -- 10. Ritualization in Language -- 11. Metalinguistic Ritualization -- 12. Reification and Innateness -- App. Questionnaire for Eliciting Sarcasm
Control code
252598275
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 220 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195115246
Lccn
96040140
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)252598275
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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