Monday, March 2, 2009


I know there is still some confusion about the first assignment. Specifically the socio-linguistic analysis. We are not well enough acquainted with socio-linguistics to make use of it for this assignment. Instead, here is what I want:

1. Give me a detailed description of the conversational storytelling event. Transcribe the conversation. Describe the context and the event. (Remember: "people sitting around talking" won't suffice.) Use Dell Hymes SPEAKING model as a guide. Also reference Grice's Maxims and note if they are being adhered to or flouted.

2. Analyze the event in terms of work we have discussed and read to date. This includes your observations of stroke and grooming behaviors, strategies for establishing rank and status, interesting use of syntax, phrase, word, and phoneme (sounds!).

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