Talk Is Cheap: Sarcasm, Alienation, and the Evolution of Language

By John Haiman

Placing apart questions of fact and falsehood, the outdated "talk is reasonable" maxim includes as a lot weight as ever. certainly, might be extra. For one needn't be a professional in irony or sarcasm to achieve that individuals do not inevitably suggest what they are saying. words comparable to "Yeah, correct" and "I might care much less" are rather a lot part of the best way we speak--and the way in which we live--that we're prone to realize after they are absent (for instance, Forrest Gump). From our daily dialogues and conversations ("Thanks a lot!") to the screenplays of our renowned motion pictures (Pulp Fiction), what's acknowledged is usually very assorted from what's meant.

Talk is Cheap starts with this telling statement and proceeds to argue that such "unplain conversing" is essentially embedded within the means we now speak. writer John Haiman strains this sea-change in our use of language to the emergence of a postmodern "divided self" who's hyper-conscious that what she or he is announcing has been acknowledged prior to; "cheap speak" hence permits us to distance ourselves from a social position with which we're uncomfortable. Haiman is going directly to learn the total diversity of those pervasive distancing mechanisms, from clichés and citation marks to camp and parody. additionally, and importantly, Haiman highlights a number of ways that language is evolving (and has developed) from non-linguistic habit. In different phrases, this research indicates us how what we say is consistently isolating itself from how we are saying it.

As provocative because it is well timed, the ebook may be attention-grabbing analyzing for college kids of linguistics, literature, communique, anthropology, philosophy, and pop culture.

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