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Who Speaks

Ron Silliman

in Close Listening

Published in print July 1998 | ISBN: 9780195109924
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855261 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109924.003.0017
Who Speaks

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This chapter starts by asking who speaks, who listens, and who reads. It also states that far from being incidental, the instrumental language of an absent subject has created a pervasive tone. From professional jargons to street languages, people everywhere perpetually stylize their use of language but this dynamic of linguistic innovation take on new qualities of social resistance. Many formal features of the text are only barely audible in an oral presentation, for instance in terms of the shape of lines, stanzas, or paragraphs on the page. The presentation of personality represents the particular element of all open readings that separates it from nearly all other like public performances in our society.

Keywords: ventriloquism; self; instrumental language; dynamic of linguistic innovation; social resistance; oral presentation; presentation of personality

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Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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