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

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

John Haiman


placing apart questions of fact and falsehood, the previous "talk is reasonable" maxim contains as a lot weight as ever. certainly, might be extra. For one don't need to be knowledgeable in irony or sarcasm to gain that folks do not inevitably suggest what they are saying. words similar to "Yeah, correct" and "I may care much less" are quite a bit part of the best way we speak--and the way in which we live--that we're prone to detect after they are absent (for instance, Forrest Gump). From our daily dialogues and conversations ("Thanks a lot!") to the screenplays of our well known motion pictures (Pulp Fiction), what's stated is usually very varied from what's meant.

Talk is Cheap starts with this telling statement and proceeds to argue that such "unplain talking" is essentially embedded within the means we now speak. writer John Haiman lines 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 stated sooner than; "cheap speak" therefore permits us to distance ourselves from a social function with which we're uncomfortable. Haiman is going directly to study the entire diversity of those pervasive distancing mechanisms, from clich├ęs and citation marks to camp and parody. additionally, and importantly, Haiman highlights numerous ways that language is evolving (and has developed) from non-linguistic habit. In different phrases, this research exhibits us how what we say is constantly isolating itself from how we are saying it.

As provocative because it is well timed, the publication can be attention-grabbing interpreting for college kids of linguistics, literature, conversation, anthropology, philosophy, and pop culture.

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