Narrative Performances

A study of Modern Greek storytelling

| King's College London
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Conversational narratives provide valuable resources for the discursive construction and invoking of personal and sociocultural identities. As such, their sociolinguistic and cultural analysis constitute a high priority in the agenda of discourse studies. This book contributes to the growing line of discourse-analytic research on the dynamic relations between narrative forms and functions and their immediate and wider communicative contexts. The volume draws on a large corpus of spontaneous, conversational stories recorded in Greece, where everyday stortytelling is a central mode of communication in the community’s interactional contexts and thus a rich site for a meaningful enactment of social stances, roles, and relations. The study brings to the fore the stories’ text-constitutive mechanisms and explores the ways in which they situate the narrated experiences globally, by invoking sociocultural knowledge and expectations, and locally, by making them sequentially and interactionally relevant to the specific conversational contexts. The stories’ micro- and macro-level analysis, richly illustrated with narrative transcripts throughout, leads to the uncovery of a global mode of narrative performance which is based on a closed set of recurrent devices. It is argued that the choice or avoidance of this mode is at the heart of the stories’ (re)constitution of a self, an other and a sociocultural world. The numerous cases of intergenerational narrative communication (adults-children) shed additional light on the performance’s contextualization aspects and contribute to the cross-cultural understanding of the dynamics of oral performances.
Besides students and researchers of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics, anthropological linguistics, narrative analysis and Greek studies, this book will also appeal to all those interested in communication and cultural studies.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 46]  1997.  xvii, 282 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations
ix
List of Tables
xi
Preface
xiii
Narrative in Discourse Analysis
1
Stories in Everyday Conversations: Data and Method
33
The Stories' Formal Structure
65
Narrative Organisation
89
Encoding Subjectivity
123
Narrative Functions and Identities in Greek Contexts
165
Conclusion
191
Notes
197
Appendix I: Stories for Adults
207
Appendix II: Stories for children
Appendix III: A Sample of Supplementary Corpora
228
References
235
Author Index
271
Subject Index
279
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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