Oral Tradition, Gossip and Urban Legends Research Paper by gpteach

Oral Tradition, Gossip and Urban Legends
This paper explores how human communication has changed over time.
# 97731 | 3,329 words | 13 sources | MLA | 1999 | US
Published on Aug 31, 2007 in Communication (Interpersonal) , Language (General)

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This paper is a comparative analysis of various types of story transmission; specifically oral tradition, gossip and urban legends. The paper offers discusses and offers definitions of oral history, gossip, folklore, oral tradition, rumors and urban legends. The paper describes how and why story transmission has changed over the centuries. The paper examines some of the pros and cons of the different types of human communication.

From the Paper:

"Languages are not static and lifeless, they are alive - sloughing off unnecessary waste even as they are growing, expanding and regenerating. This constant change and flexibility enables language to thrive and remain useful. As a language experiences metamorphoses, the methods of application flourish as well, increasing communication capabilities and consequently maximizing potential benefits as well as negative possibilities."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allport, G. W., and L. J. Postman. The Psychology of Rumor. New York: Holt,Rinehart & Winston. 1947.
  • Bordia, Prashant and Ralph L. Rosnow. "Rumor Rest Stops on the Information Highway." Human Communication Research Dec. 1998 : 163.
  • Brunvand, Jan Harold. The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends & Their Meanings. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1981.
  • - - - The Mexican Pet. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1986.
  • Cherwitz, Richard A. and James W. Hikins. Communication and Knowledge. Columbia: University of Southern Carolina Press, 1986.

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