Re: Levels of Consciousness/+orality is primary

Wade Tarzia (tarzia@UCONNVM.UCONN.EDU)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 16:27:29 -0400

>>is still the most important means of linguistic interaction for most of the
>>people on the planet. ... [Ron Kephart]
>Trivially true but of what value? [Jesse Cook]

--- I know I am responding to a small detail in a large on-going
discussion, but my oralist alarms went off and my adrenal glands need

--- Jesse, how can this be 'trivially true' when a large number of people
on the planet are not literate and pattern many of their language
communications with oral strategies based on generations of traditional
methods? And people who ARE literate continue with an oral tradition still
attached to folklore processes. I mean oral traditionS... the formally
organized kind -- jokes, anecdotes, songs -- and also the more
paradigmatically organized kind -- folk "ideas" expressed through language
and visible as replicable patterns of ideas (sometimes but not always or
even usually comprising similar linguistic el;ements or formal features).
These kinds of things influence elements in print media as well. Not
trivial, but primary, I would argue, and of high value to many
anthropological arguments. -- wade tarzia