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Author Crystal, David, 1941- author.

Title The gift of the gab : how eloquence works / David Crystal.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Cherry Valley PLD Adult Non-Fiction - CHVY-11  808.5 CRY    AVAILABLE
 Woodstock PL Adult Non-Fiction - WOLY-11  808.5 CRY    AVAILABLE
Description xi, 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [234]-237) and indexes.
Contents Value-added speech : Yes we can -- Eloquence everywhere : Times are a-changing -- Knowing how : Going on and on, not -- How long have I got? : When you're the boss -- Where will I be? : Capitulation -- Who am I talking to (To whom am I talking?) : Eloquence battles -- Who am I talking to--abroad? : Teach me, believe me, move me -- What to say? : It ain't what you say -- When do you say it? : Strings of pearls -- How do they do it? The memory game : Shakespeare was there first -- How do they do it? The rule of three : Three centuries of triples -- How do they do it? Weight control : Magical foursomes -- How do they do it? Order, order : The great Q -- How do they do it? Variation : Going beyond the rules -- How do they do it? Being natural : Sounding, erm, eloquent -- Sounding--natural : WPM -- Rates of exchange : Rattyspeak -- The melody lingers on : Rounding a sentence well -- Build-ups, beats, and breaks : Handling hecklers -- Paralanguage : The UX of content -- Mind your technology : Debating the point -- Talking about content ... : Autocues for all? -- Reading it : Laying it out -- Nerve ending : Putting nerves to work -- Homo eloquens -- Appendix 1. Obama's victory speech -- Appendix 2. Martin Luther King's speech delivered at the March on Washington.
Summary "We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking--from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence--from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Elocutionists.
Eloquence in literature.
Oral communication.
Voice culture.
ISBN 9780300214260 (hardcover)
030021426X (hardcover)
9780300226409 (paperback)
0300226403 (paperback)

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