By Sw. Anand Prahlad
A groundbreaking research of proverbs in African-American speech from slave occasions to the current
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What is missing, or at least submerged in the thick of other concerns, is a focus on the art of the proverb speech act, the aesthetic dimension, both personal and cultural, as well as on the private sphere of proverbial meaning and function. While seeming to be covered in parts of the authors' discussion, these considerations are never made explicit, and it is never suggested that they may be the focal points of a proverb study. In general, one might gather from this article that the main focus of this approach is to determine rules that govern the use of proverbs.
Finally, an appendix of short collections of proverbs from different sources and time periods is provided. A few articles have considered the use of proverbs in literary contexts, although they do not for the most part concentrate on the meanings of items and do not necessarily focus on literature by African-Americans. Brookes (1950) includes in her book on Joel Chandler Harris a short discussion of proverbs found in the Uncle Remus texts. She lists the proverbs with the corresponding page numbers on which they are found, but offers no discussion or analysis of their meanings.
The focus is a contextual analysis of proverbs used by African-American speakers, with a number of situations in which proverbs occur forming the basis for discussion about meanings, stylistic features, and poetic characteristics of proverb speech acts. Several speakers are interviewed in an effort to ascertain more accurate information about the emic perspectives of proverb users and audiences. Some of the conclusions of that study inform the theory developed in the present discussion. , rapping, capping, and the dozens.
African-American Proverbs in Context (Publications of the American Folklore Society. New Series (Unnumbered).) by Sw. Anand Prahlad