Necessity of preserving things

Necessity of preserving things



·         folklore about folklore
develop claims about folklore that may or may not be true but you focus in on the reason why it is believed?



·         study of proverbs


paremiological minimum


·         in your given folk group there's an expectation that you'll recognize certain proverbs - it's not a strict list but there's a list where a folk group member will recognize their proverbs




·         Stories said to be first or immediately second-hand accounts (therefore claiming authenticity) of uncanny encounters, or contacts with famous people or with important historical events, often near-misses with disasters. Favorite topics are ghosts, aliens, the Titanic...


idiosyncratic response


·         a one-off response, if they say something but no one else in their folk-group says it, maybe their lying - they're screwing with your research, or maybe they're just individualistic, treat it as a statistical outsider




·         authenticity is suspect - not like Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John - there's a gospel of James (brother of Jesus) / gospel of Nicodemus (harrowing of hell) - everything about angels comes out of parascripture


Liminal Space

·         Yard is liminal space. It's in between. It's neither. Undefined. It's negotiable. The sidewalk - kinda your yard, kinda public space. Hotels are liminal space - they're residential but not home.




·         things that exist or are used or enjoyed for only a short time
internet memes


Phonological Inventory


·         some dialects make sounds that other dialects do not! Saying "Baaay" - accent - a pattern of phonological - shibboleth





·         different ways to say the same thing. can be police, vulgar, clinical, children's


Vernacular phrasal display

·         performance genre. WHAT. Toasts




·         Language created by children that caught on to the town in Boonvile CA, started as a joke but now that's how they talk seriously. It's a tourist attraction. Put on an accent for money/commodification.


folk etymology

·         when people alter a word because they have the wrong idea of where it came from - it has to result in a change in word/story or belief from where a saying came from




·         misunderstanding phrases to believe they're just one word
1. "godizgrate" - god is great
2. "Fiwereu" - if I were you


Proverbs vs. Proverbial


·         it's not ironclad. A proverb is a complete sentence or implies a complete sentence. Proverbial is a piece of a sentence, it's a phrase, it's fixed.


salvage ethnography


·         the necessity of preserving things, insist folklore doesn't change (that's wrong, it's its very nature that it changes)


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