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Talk Is Cheap Sarcasm, Alienation, and the Evolution of Language

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ISBN-10: 0195115252

ISBN-13: 9780195115253

Edition: 1998

Authors: John Haiman

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Putting aside questions of truth and falsehood, the old 'talk is cheap' maxim carries as much weight as ever. Indeed, perhaps more. For one need not be an expert in irony or sarcasm to realize that people don't necessarily mean what they say. Phrases such as 'Yeah, right' and 'I could care less' are so much a part of the way we speak - and the way we live - that we are more likely to notice when they are absent (for example, Forrest Gump). From our everyday dialogues and conversations ('Thanks a lot!') to the screenplays of our popular films (Pulp Fiction), what is said is frequently very different from what is meant. Talk is Cheap begins with this telling observation and proceeds to argue…    
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Book details

List price: $73.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/26/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 230
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Introduction: The Cheapness of Talk
Sarcasm and the Postmodern Sensibility
Sarcasm and Its Neighbors
The Metamessage "I Don't Mean This"
Alienation and the Divided Self
Reflexives as Grammatical Signs of the Divided Self
Un-Plain Speaking
The Thing in Itself
Zen Semantics
Nonlinguistic Ritualization
Ritualization in Language
Metalinguistic Ritualization
Reification and Innateness
Questionnaire for Eliciting Sarcasm