Contributors: W. Barnett Pearce, Stephen E. Lucas, Donal Carbaugh, Molefi Kete Asante, Everett M. Rogers, William B Hart, Roderick P. Hart Jr., and Julia T. Wood.

Some Distinctive Features of U.S. American Conversation

Some distinctive features of U.S. American conversation
DonalCarbaugh University of Massachusetts

An American Metaphor, Morals, and the Mundane

America and Conversation. These are two great ideas. Each, alone, suggests a particular site: America, a geographic site, full of different peoples, a great political experiment; Conversation, a social site, an activity among people, a great form of participation. Putting these two ideas together, America and Conversation, suggests that this particular place and this particular form of life should be conceived together, dedicated to the ideal image and full of potential.

The ideal is espoused prominently today through phrases such as the National Conversation or the more particular citizens” dialogue or multicultural discussions. Conveyed is a hoped-for vision: People in America can (and should) ...

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