Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 11:36:05 -0500 From: Ron Butters Subject: Re: Re[2]: vernacular Larry Rosenwld writes: > . . . the desire of Boasian anthropologists, >in studying Native American tribes, to >describe the culture and language of >those tribes as if they'd never been >in contact with European American society Both this notion and the idea of the primacy (and, for that matter, reified existence) of the uncorrupted vernacular have their roots in late-18th-century romanticism: the Noble Redskin, the Blue Lagoon State of Nature, the superiority of "the ordinary language of men talking to other men" that led Wordsworth to such marvelously poetic lines as the place in his poem "Michael" where he talks about "plain homemade cheese." And lets not forget WW's noble leechgather on the moor, either, whose means of living was to walk around in muddy ponds until leeches gathered on his feet, which he then plucked off and sold for medical use.