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Seldom Ask, Never Tell: Labor and Discourse in Appalachia

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Puckett takes a new look at the relationship between language, society, and economics by examining how people talk about work in a rural Appalachian community. Through careful analysis of conversations in casual yet commercial contexts, she finds that the construction and maintenance of this discourse is essential to the community's socioeconomic relationships. The volume will appeal to linguists, anthropologists, and scholars in communications and Appalachian studies. ...
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Puckett takes a new look at the relationship between language, society, and economics by examining how people talk about work in a rural Appalachian community. Through careful analysis of conversations in casual yet commercial contexts, she finds that the construction and maintenance of this discourse is essential to the community's socioeconomic relationships. The volume will appeal to linguists, anthropologists, and scholars in communications and Appalachian studies.
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1 Introduction: I am just a simple man 3
2 Possessive Constructions and Linguistic Economics: Whose girl are you? 26
3 Participant Frameworks Indexed by Requesting Discourse: That's not right 51
4 Volunteerins, Direct Askins, and Optional Uses of Nonimperative Requesting Discourse: You shouldn't have to ask for that 67
5 Nonimperative Requesting Practices: Takin Care of, Tradin, and Making a Deal: Can I hep ya? 94
6 Nonrequesting Uses of Imperatives: Did I tell you about the time ...? 117
7 Helpin Somebody Out: Imperatives in Task Situations: Hey, Claude, hand me that rope 130
8 Doin for Somebody: Orders of Imperatives: You should a done this and you should a done that 168
9 Conclusion: The way we do things is different 206
App. A: Participants 217
App. B: Summary of Daily Activities 221
Notes 227
References 263
Index 279
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