Abstract and Keywords
The collection (paremiography) and study (paremiology) of proverbs has a venerable tradition in the United States. Interdisciplinary and multiethnic approaches have shown that proverbial language is characterized by its polyfunctionality, polysituativity, and polysemanticity. Proverbs continue to play a multifaceted role in the modern American environment. New field research resulting in collections of proverbs that have hitherto not been registered from various folk groups is needed, and future studies should look in greater detail at the use and function of proverbs in modern literature, film, music, mass media, cartoons, and the memes that employ proverbs on the Internet. The traditional and innovative employment of proverbs, quite often in the form of anti-proverbs, is alive in modern American society.
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