Speaking in Other Voices

An ethnography of Walloon puppet theaters

Joan Gross | Oregon State University
ISBN 9789027251107 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781588110541 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027298089 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
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Linking actual instances of language use with structures of social power in francophone Belgium, Gross outlines the history and contemporary configuration of rod puppetry in Liège. The analysis of this working class performance art moves between what occurs on and off stage. As puppeteers speak in other voices, sometimes in Walloon and sometimes in French, they create a sociolinguistic model based on 19th century renditions of medieval texts, the voices of past puppeteers, and the language that surrounds them. The high level of linguistic reflexivity created by the regional language movement has led to frequent metalinguistic and metapragmatic commentaries within the puppet shows. This complex speech genre embedded in social context shows the influence of identity struggles: from local class oppositions to imperial designs abroad. Keeping a tight focus on language, Speaking in Other Voices examines the process of entextualization and recontextualization as stories of war and religion are transmitted to succeeding generations.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 91] 2001.  xxviii, 339 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2001035021 | Marc record