PARTICIPANT FRAMEWORKS INDEXED BY REQUESTING DISCOURSE
"That's not right."
A local man "drops by" a trailer I'm renting while the landlord is repairing some wiring. After a greeting, the landlord asks the visitor if he "needs" something, to which the visitor replies, "No, I just stopped by to see if you needed some help." After about 15 minutes of conversation about various noncontroversial topics as well as commentary about the cause and best remedies for the task at hand, the visitor asks if the landlord "happens" to own any metric-gauged rachets. The landlord replies, "Yeah, do ya need to borrer them?" "Yeah, thanks." The landlord hands him the box of rachets that have been sitting on top of the dryer the whole time. [notes 8/90]
As I visited a local store one afternoon, a woman stopped by with some items to be delivered to the clerk's sister-in-law. After a greeting and some brief conversation, the patron indicated that she "needs" to get these items to Mable [the clerk's sister-in- law]. The clerk replied, "I don't care to glt it to her." [notes 9/85]
ASH CREEK RESIDENTS COMMUNICATE REQUESTS 1 through a repertoire of various verbal, nonverbal, and, very rarely, literate requesting practices. This repertoire contains discourse tokens that are highly conventional in form and appear in routine interactions, not only in interactions with "belongin" network members but also with others in the immediate area and in town. Commonly, verbal forms are single words, short phrases, or abbreviated versions of longer, more formal requesting sequences. Verbal requesting discourse uses deictics, personal pronouns, and concrete nouns as presuppositional and creative indexes to reproduce culturally significant meanings about socioeconomic relationships. Requests are rarely imperatives, although they can have directive force similar to imperatives and can
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Publication information: Book title: Seldom Ask, Never Tell:Labor and Discourse in Appalachia. Contributors: Anita Puckett - Author. Publisher: Oxford US. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 51.
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