ERIC Number: ED358700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
The Contributions of Joseph Sargent Hall to Appalachian Studies.
The work of Joseph Sargent Hall, a pioneer researcher in Appalachian studies, is chronicled. Hall was hired by the National Park Service in 1937, as a graduate student, to document the lives and lore of older mountain residents allowed to remain in the Great Smoky Mountains after the land was purchased for a national park. His early efforts included extensive notes on and recordings of mountain natives speaking and singing. These represented the first systematic gathering of data on Appalachian speech. His doctoral dissertation was on the phonetics of Smoky Mountain English, and three books resulted from his recordings. Hall later returned to make a permanent record of mountain life, through oral histories, for the Park Service. He was one of the first linguistic fieldworkers to identify and challenge the "observer's paradox," that the natural, relaxed speech preferred for research is the most difficult to gather. After retiring from teaching, Hall wrote an extensive dictionary of Smoky Mountain speech based on his own collections, to be published in 1994 or 1995. Excerpts from the researcher's notes are included, and a bibliography of his published and unpublished work is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
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