By Sw. Anand Prahlad
A groundbreaking examine of proverbs in African-American speech from slave occasions to the current
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For in examining the dimensions of meaning, from a contextual or textual perspective, we should consider how meaning is engendered, which includes a philosophical exploration of the very term itself. " In his work, Norrick explores the parameters of what is considered by "meaning," although he is focused primarily on proverb texts. He qualifies this focus: One justification for studying proverbs as texts rather than proverbs in texts or interactions is simply that proverbs can and do occur as texts, and not only as larger texts.
My good fortune continued in the folklore program at the University of California, Los Angeles. Although I was certain that I wanted to do a dissertation on proverbs, I was relatively ignorant about how to conduct such a study. How should the parameters of such a project be defined, methodologically and theoretically, in order to facilitate the kind of inquiry and insights that I was interested in? Proverb scholar Shirley L. Arora mentored and guided my research in addressing these concerns. If being at Berkeley was an introduction to cultural isolation, though, attending U.
Different in nature from what I propose to undertake and cannot be the basis for the development of a model that will facilitate the kind of intensive focus on meanings in which I am most interested. Quite a number of articles have appeared that discuss proverbs in context (Jordan 1982; Gossen 1973; Seitel 1960, 1977; Briggs 1985, 1988), and add to our knowledge of contextual meaning. What is important about these studies is that the researchers engage the issue of cultural and social influences on the meanings and performances of proverbs and focus upon the interrelatedness of proverbs and other genres within a cultural group, bringing in functional and aesthetic dimensions.
African-American Proverbs in Context (Publications of the American Folklore Society. New Series (Unnumbered).) by Sw. Anand Prahlad