American writer and teacher
WORDS ABOUT WORDS
But by "vernacular" I mean far more than popular or indigenous language. I see the vernacular as a dynamic process in which the most refined styles from the past are continually merged with the play-it-by-eye-and-by-ear improvisations which we invent in our efforts to control our environment and entertain ourselves.
Ralph Ellison, American writer and teacher, Going to the Territory, 1986
Posted on November 29, 1999 at 6:09 AM