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Orality and the politics of scholarship

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While all areas of enquiry are subject to potential distortion resulting from the prior perspectives of researchers, the discussion of orality has been burdened with more than its share of ideological baggage. This chapter looks at two areas in which the value-laden perspectives of commentators have been particularly limiting for our understanding of the nature of orality and of its relation to and interaction with literacy, and sounds a warning for a third. The fact that most researchers concerned with the orality-literacy issue inhabit a highly literate culture and make use of quintessentially configurational syntax has the potential for seriously skewing the results of the enquiry due to markedly prejudicial perspectives brought to the investigation of the syntactic typology associated with a particular oral or literate tradition.

Keywords: ideological baggage; literate tradition; orality; Politics; quintessentially configurational syntax; Scholarship



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