Neal R. Norrick

List of John Benjamins publications for which Neal R. Norrick plays a role.



Pragmatics and its Interfaces

Edited by Cornelia Ilie and Neal R. Norrick

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 294] 2018. vi, 313 pp.
Subjects Communication Studies | Discourse studies | Pragmatics

Humor in Interaction

Edited by Neal R. Norrick and Delia Chiaro

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 182] 2009. xvii, 238 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology
Subjects Communication Studies | Discourse studies | English linguistics | Germanic linguistics | Pragmatics
Subjects Semantics | Semiotics | Theoretical linguistics


My contribution traces the evolving notion of tellability in the study of narrative over the last thirty-odd years: Tellability was initially seen as an objective property of textual content, but research on narrative in real contexts of talk has increasingly recognized the various ways… read more | Article
This article investigates the flow of information in conversational narrative performance in light of research on the epistemics of talk in interaction and epistemic vigilance on the part of story recipients. Based on examples from a range of corpora, it reassesses the relationship between… read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. 2018 Narrative studies versus pragmatics (of narrative)Pragmatics and its Interfaces, Ilie, Cornelia and Neal R. Norrick (eds.), pp. 121–142
This chapter considers the interface between pragmatics and narrative studies, initially with reference to Labovian, conversation analytic (CA) and psycholinguistic approaches to narrative, where common ground is found between these and more properly pragmatic approaches in such topics as… read more | Chapter
Negation in narrative has been described primarily as a resource for expressing evaluation, and secondarily in its role in establishing orientation, but this article investigates a range of ways negated statements can contribute directly to complicating action. Negation works through presupposition… read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. and Cornelia Ilie 2018 Introduction: Pragmatics and its interfacesPragmatics and its Interfaces, Ilie, Cornelia and Neal R. Norrick (eds.), pp. 1–10
Stories of personal experience have been a staple of research on narrative, while stories of vicarious experience have remained largely ignored, though they offer special insights into issues of epistemic authority and telling rights, coherence and evaluation, contextualization and stance-taking.… read more | Article
This article explores the forms and functions of aggression in conversational narrative performance based on a range of corpora representing a wide variety of storytelling types, speakers and contexts. The primary teller of a conversational narrative may report aggression and hostility in story… read more | Article
This article proposes a notion of “remembering for narration” based on Slobin’s (1987) concept of “thinking for speaking” to circumvent issues of autobiographical memory and focus on narrative practices. It suggests that we recognize a special cognitive mode of remembering for narration, which… read more | Article
This article compares swearing in novels with swearing in everyday talk based on a representative sample of British and American prose fiction and a several large corpora of natural conversation. Swearing allegedly makes fictional dialogue more realistic, but up till now no one has attempted a… read more | Article
Evaluation constitutes a central feature of personal stories in conversation. Storytellers introduce evaluation into their narratives in various ways, including cases of appropriating assessments offered by their listeners. A storyteller may orient to the content of listener assessments and respond… read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. and Claudia Bubel 2009 Direct address as a resource for humorHumor in Interaction, Norrick, Neal R. and Delia Chiaro (eds.), pp. 29–48
This chapter explores the use of direct address to create humor in scripted jokes and in everyday conversation based on examples from corpora of transcribed conversational English. We take direct address to include any reference to a real or imagined listener with a proper or invented term of… read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. and Delia Chiaro 2009 Introduction: Humor and interactionHumor in Interaction, Norrick, Neal R. and Delia Chiaro (eds.), pp. ix–xvii
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… read more | Article
This article describes a hybrid corpus linguistic approach to conversational storytelling, whereby one first identifies a feature of interest in a small set of narratives, then moves to a general investigation of this feature in large corpora of transcribed conversation, focusing only later on the… read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. 2005 Contextualizing and recontextualizing interlaced stories in conversationThe Sociolinguistics of Narrative, Thornborrow, Joanna and Jennifer Coates (eds.), pp. 107–127
Norrick, Neal R. 2005 11. Interaction in the telling and retelling of interlaced stories: The co-construction of humorous narrativesNarrative Interaction, Quasthoff, Uta M. and Tabea Becker (eds.), pp. 263–283
Norrick, Neal R. 2005 The dark side of tellabilityNarrative Inquiry 15:2, pp. 323–343
This article propounds a revised, two-sided notion of tellability – one which encompasses both the familiar lower-bounding side of tellability as sufficient to warrant listener interest and the generally ignored upper-bounding side where tellability merges into the no longer tellable of impropriety. read more | Article
Norrick, Neal R. 1998 Retelling AgainNarrative Inquiry 8:2, pp. 373–378