Memorials: Vernacular culture

Bergenren, C. 1982

Folk art on gravestones: the Glorious Contrast’, Markers 2, 171–83.

Caulfield, E. 1991

‘Connecticut gravestones articles by Dr. Ernest J. Caulfield’, Markers 8, 1–338

Cox, G., Giordano, A. & Juge, M. 2010

The geography of language shift: a quantitative cemetery study in the Texas Czech community’, Southwestern Geographer, 14, 3-22.

Eckert, E. 2001

‘Gravestones and the linguistic ethnography of Czech-Moravians in Texas’, Markers, 8, 146-187.

Farber, J. (ed.) 1987

‘Stonecutters and their work’, Markers 4, 131–76.

Kotalainen, S. 2013

‘Rural people’s literacy skills in the remembrance of the departed: the writing of personal names on sepulchral monuments at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries’, Mortality, 18:2, 173-194.

Mayer Gradwohl, D. 2004

‘Judah Monis’s puzzling gravestone as a reflection of his enigmatic identity’, Markers 21, 66-97.

Thompson, G. 2006

‘Tombstone lettering in Scotland and New England: an appreciation of a vernacular culture’, Mortality, 11:1, 1-30.


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