In this article, I explore strategies storytellers use to increase listener response to their performances, such as (1) repeating a salient phrase, particularly a piece of dialogue; (2) adding an explanation of the point of a story; (3) drawing out some consequence of the story; and particularly (4) the unobtrusive strategy of producing a minimal response to draw out a more extensive reaction from listeners. This last strategy came to light in a large-scale corpus-based search. Instead of working from a set of narratives, I begin by looking at a linguistic element, namely items from the class of discourse markers like so and y’know in all kinds of contexts in a very large corpus, and slowly narrowed my focus to narrative passages within the whole array of examples. In the process, I discovered distributions and functions for items, which have not been described in previous research on conversational narrative.
2017. Co-narration in French conversation storytelling: A quantitative insight. Journal of Pragmatics 111 ► pp. 33 ff.
2017. English so and Dutch dus in a Parallel Corpus: An Investigation into Their Mutual Translatability. In Contrastive Analysis of Discourse-pragmatic Aspects of Linguistic Genres [Yearbook of Corpus Linguistics and Pragmatics, 5], ► pp. 33 ff.
2012. Seeking researcher identity through the co-construction and representation of young people’s narratives of identity. Educational Action Research 20:1 ► pp. 23 ff.
2014. Working reflexively with ethical complexity in narrative research with disadvantaged young people. Qualitative Social Work 13:4 ► pp. 502 ff.
Norrick, Neal R.
2012. Listening practices in English conversation: The responses responses elicit. Journal of Pragmatics 44:5 ► pp. 566 ff.
2015. The Narrative Dimensions of Social Media Storytelling. In The Handbook of Narrative Analysis, ► pp. 329 ff.
Patford, J., P. Tranent & C. Gardner
2015. Young Adults’ Stories of Gambling in a Research Situation: A Narrative Inquiry. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction 13:2 ► pp. 225 ff.
Rühlemann, Christoph & Stefan Gries
2015. Turn order and turn distribution in multi-party storytelling. Journal of Pragmatics 87 ► pp. 171 ff.
2018. On ´doing friendship´ in and through talk: Exploring conversational interactions of Japanese young people,
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