By Julie Lindquist
Linguists became more and more attracted to interpreting how classification tradition is socially built and maintained via spoken language. Julie Lindquist's exam of the linguistic ethnography of a working-class bar in Chicago is a vital and unique contribution to the sphere. She examines how general consumers argue approximately political matters as a way to create a gaggle id headquartered round political ideology. She additionally indicates how their political arguments are literally a rhetorical style, one that creates a fragile stability among crew harmony and person id, in addition to a tenuous and ambivalent feel of sophistication id.
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Nelda pushes a large plastic cup toward me over the bar and I, knowing what she wants, ﬁll it with orange juice. Perry has again decreed that kitchen help are not to get juice—only water or pop—but the boss isn’t in yet, so I give the salad lady what she wants. She doesn’t say anything at all, because that would make her guilty of the crime of stealing orange juice; a bartender can bear the responsibility for this sort of transgression much more easily. Kitchen help, it seems, are always under suspicion for something.
He smiles and waves and continues heavily on his way to the quarry. I stand in front of the Smokehouse door looking after the truck, wondering if the driver is somebody I know. Is he one of the bar regulars, maybe? I try the front door to the building and am surprised to ﬁnd it locked. For a moment I consider the possibility that perhaps the janitor has been sneaking booze again and has forgotten to unlock the door for me, but then I remember that Perry, the owner, is “remodeling” again. I recall now that Perry intends to convert the front entrance and vestibule of the building into an “oﬃce” (in which to conduct interviews, reprimands, ﬁrings, and the like) and to redirect customers through the doors leading to the banquet room.
Now, in the summer, the way is densely green and shady. Greendale, a heavily wooded town of big trees and little houses, is the hometown of the Smokehouse Inn. The Smokehouse itself is a shabby, rustic-looking structure with several dimensions of wings, landings, and awnings. A red neon sign advertising the name of the restaurant stands in odd contrast to the carefully stylized old-world look of the building across the street. ” The Smokehouse building was ﬁrst built a century and a half ago to be used as a hiding place for slaves escaping from the South.
A Place to Stand: Politics and Persuasion in a Working-Class Bar (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) by Julie Lindquist