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In the foreword of the book Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-tales from the Gulf States, the writer John Edgar Wideman urges the reader to "Imagine the situations in which these speech acts occur, the participants' multicolored voices and faces, the eloquence of nonverbal special effects employed to elaborate and transmit the text .
Of course, fiction is heteroglossic (many voices) and folk-tales often are not.