folk speech


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Folk speech, folk syntax, slang and jargon, graffiti, folk sayings, proverbs, folk rhymes, superstitions, and particularly war stories, rumors, anecdotes, and legends permeate his books.
Some are simply glosses by O'Brien, as the book's narrator, pointing out folk speech and naming--"They were called legs or grunts," or "To carry something was to hump it" (5).
Nonstandard usage of were seems to have been a feature of nineteenth century Southern American folk speech.
Based on the literary representations of the rustic New England dialect, the authors' impression is that in nineteenth century New England folk speech the allomorph were was:
and answers it as follows: "New England usage in this matter probably derives from English folk speech or from a regional type of Standard British English reflecting folk usage.
Iola's inability to understand this dialect, subaltern speech confirms her solid bourgeois standing and contributes to a devaluing of folk speech, especially as her broader conversation with Gresham centers around the need for black educators to help ameliorate the "'duncery of slavery,'" a process that Gresham expects "'will take generations'" (145).
In these scenes and others, Robert justifies the ways of the folk to the white listener (and white reader) by adopting folk speech, thus expressing and advocating a vernacular world view.
With a remarkable ear for the idiom, cadence, and the tones of folk speech, Brown absorbed its vibrant qualities in his poetry.
This whole notion of folklore and folk speech is at the root of our cultural traditions.
In a similar way, Toomer's Cane and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God rescued authentic black folk speech and literary form from a modern commercial culture intent on destroying them.