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Title: Conversational Narrative
Subtitle: Storytelling in everyday talk
Written By: Neal R Norrick
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20203
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 203
Description:

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This book investigates the forms and functions of storytelling in everyday
conversation. It develops a rhetoric of everyday storytelling through an
integrated approach to both the internal structure and the contextual
integration of narrative passages. It aims at a more complete picture of
oral narrative through analysis of a wider range of natural data, including
personal anecdotes told for humor, put-down stories told for
self-aggrandizement, family stories retold to ratify membership and so on,
as well as marginal stories and narrative-like passages to delineate the
boundaries of conversational storytelling and to test the analytical
techniques proposed.

Using transcriptions of stories from everyday talk, Norrick explores
disfluencies, formulaicity and repetition as teller strategies and listener
cues alongside global phenomena such as retelling and narrative
macrostructures. He also extends his analysis to narrative jokes from
conversation and to narrative passages in drama, namely Shakespeare’s
“Romeo & Juliet” and Beckett’s “Endgame”.

Table of contents

Preface xi
Transcription Conventions xiii
Chapter 1. Approaching Storytelling in Conversation 1
Chapter 2. Internal Narrative Structure 27
Chapter 3. Formulaicity and Repetition in Storytelling 47
Chapter 4. Retelling and Retold Stories 67
Chapter 5. Narrative Contexts 105
Chapter 6. Varieties of Conversational Narrative 135
Chapter 7. Extensions of the Approach 169
Chapter 8. Conclusions and Perspectives 197
Appendixes 203
Notes 217
References 219
Name Index 229
Subject Index 231

“Norrick's volume is recommended reading for literary scholars and
linguists alike.”
Monika Fludernik, University of Freiburg, Germany

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 902724829X
ISBN-13: 9789027248299
Pages: 233
Prices: Europe EURO 33.00
U.S. $ 49.95