LINGUIST List 6.1425

Sun Oct 15 1995

Sum: Narrative Structure

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Date: Sun, 15 Oct 1995 14:13:49 Sum: Narrative Structure
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Subject: Sum: Narrative Structure


About 2 weeks ago, I asked for additional information on narrative
structures for my research, I am working on. This research concerns a
structuralisation of 1500 Dutch folktales. I - as many others - strongly
believe that there is something as a story-grammar (text-grammar),
comparable with the sentence-grammar. However, there is lots of discussion
among scholars about the formulation of such a grammar.
The reactions on my request were very helpful. The list of references
several LINGUISTs gave me, are too extensive to present here. Anybody
interested in `a' bibliography of articles and works on narrative
structure, is asked to send me a short message to which I will reply with
this bibliography ( Any further reactions are
still welcome, of course.
I would like to express my gratitude to the following persons:

Sylvie Berard, who is currently working on a dissertation on the
convergence of discourse and identity in "SF in the women's side";

Anna Hildebrandt;

Lyn Pemberton, who wrote a PhD thesis on narrative structures
in the Old French epic. (1984 Story Structure: A Narrative
Grammar of Nine Chansons de Geste of the Guillaume d'Orange
Cycle (PhD thesis) University of Toronto);

William Rapaport;

Linda Rashidi, who did a systematization of Western fairy tales
(a model of a Systemic/Functional approach to a network of nar-
rative) (1988. "Functional co-occurrence restrictions in the
fairy tale." In: Systemic Functional Approaches to Discourse,
eds. James Benson and William Greaves. Ablex);

Toshiki Tanaka, who is currently studying summarization at the
University of Tsukuba;

Victor-Laurent Tremblay, who has studied the relation between
folkloristic tales and the narrative structures of myths. (1991
Au commencement etait le Mythe. Ottawa, Presses de l'Univ.

 Max Louwerse, e-mail:
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