Making people listen

Two tales of orality from Harlow market Markets are places of what Walter Ong called primary orality. Primary orality refers to thought and expression untouched by the culture of writing of print Walter Ong They are places where language takes root, grows and generally has a field-day because the situations in which we meet language […]

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The Card Sharp

A street level encounter with primary orality All sound is inherently powerful. If a hunter kills a lion he can see it, touch it, feel it and smell it. But if he hears a lion, he must act fast, because the sound of the lion signals its presence and its power. Speech is a form […]

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