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Sherzer, Joel

Works: 110 works in 450 publications in 5 languages and 8,810 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Folklore  Puppet plays  Conference papers and proceedings  Music  Puzzles and games  Riddles 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Photographer, Collector, Depositor
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Most widely held works by Joel Sherzer
Explorations in the ethnography of speaking( Book )

44 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in English and held by 1,157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First published in 1974, this collection of classic case studies in the ethnography of speaking had a formative influence on the field. No other volume has so successfully provided a broad, cross-cultural survey of the use, role and function of language and speech in social life. The essays deal with traditional societies in Native North, Middle, and South America, Africa, and Oceania, as well as English, French, and Yiddish speaking communities in Europe and North America and Afro-American communities in North America and the Caribbean. Now reissued, the collection includes a key introduction by the editors that traces the subsequent development of the ethnography of speaking and indicates directions for future research. The theoretical and methodological concepts and perspectives that illuminated the first edition are recognized anon and valued by many disciplines beyond that of linguistic anthropology. Scholars and students whose backgrounds may be in literature, speech communication, performance studies or ethnomusicology will equally welcome this edition
Adoring the saints : fiestas in central Mexico by Yolanda Lastra de Suárez( )

17 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,027 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native South American discourse( )

24 editions published between 1986 and 2010 in 3 languages and held by 945 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction / Joel Sherzer and Greg Urban -- Semiotic functions of macro-parallelism in the Shokleng origin myth / Greg Urban -- Oratory is spoken, myth is told, and song is sung, but they are all music to my ears / Anthony Seeger -- Three modes of Shavante vocal expressions : wailing, collective singing, and political oratory / Laura Graham -- Quoted dialogues in Kalapalo narrative discourse / Ellen Basso -- Report of a Kuna curing specialist : the poetics and rhetoric of an oral performance / Joel Sherzer -- Styles of Toba discourse / Harriet Klein -- Topic continutity and OVS order
Speech play and verbal art by Joel Sherzer( )

12 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nation-states and Indians in Latin America( Book )

18 editions published between 1991 and 2001 in English and held by 673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Native American discourse : poetics and rhetoric by Joel Sherzer( Book )

14 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and Undetermined and held by 560 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally published in 1987, the aim of this book is to advance a fresh perspective on the presentation, philology, analysis, and interpretation of oral literature and verbal art. Developed through commentaries and analysis of a range of texts from Native American communities, past and present, this original approach is centered on discourse, which the contributors take as being the richest point of intersection among language, culture, society, and individual expression. In discourse, individuals draw on their own artistry at the same time as they draw on the special and unique resources of the language and culture of their communities
The origin and diversification of language by Morris Swadesh( Book )

21 editions published between 1971 and 2006 in English and held by 539 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Morris Swadesh, one of this century's foremost scientific investigators of language, dedicated much of his life to the study of the origin and evolution of language. This volume, left nearly completed at his death and edited posthumously by Joel F. Sherzer, is his last major study of this difficult subject.Swadesh discusses the simple qualities of human speech also present in animal language, and establishes distinctively human techniques of expression by comparing the common features that are found in modern and ancient languages. He treats the diversification of language not only by isolating root words in different languages, but also by dealing with sound systems, with forms of composition, and with sentence structure. In so doing, he demonstrates the evidence for the expansion of all language from a single central area. Swadesh supports his hypothesis by ""exhibits"" that conveniently present the evidence in tabular form. Further clarity is provided by the use of a suggestive practical phonetic system, intelligible to the student as well as to the professional.The book also contains an Appendix, in which the distinguished ethnographer of language, Dell Hymes, gives a valuable account of the prewar linguistic tradition within which Swadesh did some of his most important work."--Provided by publisher
Kuna ways of speaking : an ethnographic perspective by Joel Sherzer( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 2001 in English and German and held by 425 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For the Kuna, a nonindustrial people of the South American tropical forest, the world is perceived, conceived, organized, and controlled by oral speech and language. Thus, by exploring their ways of speaking, Joel Sherzer provides valuable insights into the nature of Kuna social and political organization, world view, religion, economics, medicine, and aesthetics. This unique work encompasses the full range of speech, from the dominant areas of ritual life -- magic and curing, puberty rites, and politics -- to everyday conversation, gossip, narration, and greeting and leave-taking. Book jacket."--Jacket
Stories, myths, chants, and songs of the Kuna Indians by Joel Sherzer( Book )

12 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humor and comedy in puppetry : celebration in popular culture by Dina, Ed Sherzer( Book )

8 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Humor and puppets / Antonio Pasqualino -- The cocreation of the comic in puppetry / Frank Proschan -- Verbal humor in the puppet theater / Dina Sherzer and Joel Sherzer -- The crown figure in the puppet theater of West Java : the ancestor and the individual / Kathy Foley -- Functions of the comic attendants (panasar) in a Balinese shadowplay / Fredrik E. deBoer -- The form and function of humor in the Liáege puppet theater / Joan Gross -- Humor and anti-humor in western Puebloan puppetry performances / M. Jane Young
Verbal art in San Blas : Kuna culture through its discourse by Joel Sherzer( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2009 in English and held by 276 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An areal-typological study of American Indian languages north of Mexico by Joel Sherzer( Book )

17 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and Dutch and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Language in use : readings in sociolinguistics( Book )

11 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translating native Latin American verbal art : ethnopoetics and ethnography of speaking( Book )

5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 235 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kuna : SB05( )

in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Kuna file consists of twenty-seven documents, ranging in time coverage from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries. Although based on field work in 1927, the six Nordenskiöld documents in this file provide excellent ethnographic coverage on the traditional San Blas Kuna. The remaining documents in the file cover religion, medicine and curing practices, language and speech, Kuna music, socio-cultural change, tales and myths, acculturation, the 1925 revolt, the Kuna political system, the commercialization of women's clothing (the MOLA), albinism and genetics
Minor languages : approaches, definitions, controversies : papers from the conference on "Minor languages-- coming to grips with a suitable definition", Bremen, June 2001 by Conference on "Minor Languages : Coming to Grips with a Sutable Definition"( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Las Culturas nativas latinoamericanas a través de su discurso : ponencias del simposio del 46o Congreso Internacional de Americanistas, Amsterdam, julio de 1988 by Congreso Internacional De Americanistas( Book )

13 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in 3 languages and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tellings, retellings, and tellings within tellings : the structuring and organization of narrative in Kuna Indian discourse by Joel Sherzer( Book )

5 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A system of classification for tellings and retellings by Panama's Kuna Indians reveals the dimensions of their structure and function, textually, contextually, strategically, and ethnographically. Kuna verbal life can be characterized in terms of three distinct ritual-ceremonial traditions marked by three distinct languages, settings, sets of official actors, and speech events and two basic patterns in the organization and performance of discourse. A constant interaction of poetry and discourse is also characteristic of Kuna verbal life. The typology deals with the intersection and interplay of saying or reporting, and retelling or reformulating. Five types of telling-retelling are distinguished as: (1) a telling followed immediately and sequentially by a retelling; (2) a telling followed by a retelling to a different audience in a different setting; (3) telling of the same content in one way for one purpose in one context and in a different way for another purpose in another context; (4) a range of contexts for performance of magical texts; and (5) performance of the same narrative content as the central verbal event of two separate and discrete ritual-ceremonial traditions, by different performers, in different linguistic varieties, in different contexts. Attention to these different telling-retelling relationships allows for focus on interplay of allusive and non-allusive language, rhetorical strategies, verbal expression of new information, and the Kuna theory and practice of magic and narration. (Author/MSE)
Language and speech in American society : a compilation of research papers in sociolinguistics( Book )

3 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Formas del habla kuna : una perspectiva etnográfica by Joel Sherzer( Book )

6 editions published in 1992 in Spanish and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Speech play and verbal art
Adoring the saints : fiestas in central MexicoSpeech play and verbal artNation-states and Indians in Latin AmericaNative American discourse : poetics and rhetoricThe origin and diversification of languageKuna ways of speaking : an ethnographic perspectiveStories, myths, chants, and songs of the Kuna IndiansHumor and comedy in puppetry : celebration in popular culture
Alternative Names
Sherzer, Joel F.

Sherzer, Joel F. 1942-

Sherzer, Joel F. (Joel Fred)

Sherzer, Joel F. (Joel Fred), 1942-

Sherzer, Joel Fred 1942-