Re: Levels of Consciousness/+orality is primary

Jesse S. Cook III (jcook@AWOD.COM)
Wed, 2 Oct 1996 16:56:24 -0400

On 2 October 1996, Wade Tarzia commented:

>>>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.


Ron's statement was trivially true in the context of this discussion only.
I had no intention of trivializing orality itself. That would be
ridiculous, and could not stand up to argument.

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