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Saying Isn't Believing

Conversation, Narrative and the Discourse of Belief in a French Newfoundland Community

By Gary R. Butler
Categories: Folklore, Anthropology/ethnography, Cultural Studies, Newfoundland And Labrador Studies
Series: Social and Economic Studies
Series Number: 42
Paperback : 9780919666665, 213 pages, January 1990


This study focuses on the supernatural belief tradition of a French Newfoundland community. Using a combination of descriptive and analytic techniques from the fields of folklore, linguistic anthropology and discourse analysis, Butler explores the community's use of folklore in everyday social interaction. He relates it to the human context which is ultimately responsible for its creation and continued relevance.


"[Saying is Believing] is in the forefront of modern folklore, linguistic, and anthropological thinking. [It] will be quoted liberally for a long time to come as a major contribution to belief studies. "

- Kenneth S. Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania