Publication details [#24813]

Briggs, Charles L. 1988. Competence in performance: The creativity of tradition in Mexicano verbal art. University of Pennsylvania Press. xix + 427 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


This book presents an account of a wide range of speaking genres in their sociocultural context of a Spanish-speaking Mexicano community. It also provides an important contribution to the verbal phenomenon of 'textualization', related to the ways in which verbal practices associated with the speech style called 'talk of the elderly of bygone days' are characterized by growing levels of rhetorical patterning and detachment from immediate pragmatic contexts.

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