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Title: Moving Through Space and (Not?) Time: North Australian dreamtime narratives
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Author: Dorothea Hoffmann
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Institution: University of Chicago
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Documentation; Ling & Literature; Typology
Subject Language: Djamindjung
Abstract: This chapter is concerned with an analysis of narrative structure in the endangered non-Pama-Nyungan language Jaminjung and Australian Kriol. Previous analyses of Aboriginal narratives and story-telling techniques focused on the significance of place in plot and content (McGregor, 2005; Klapproth, 2004; Bavin, 2004). This study aims to extend these observations to include expressions of motion as a major structuring device in narratives. Furthermore, spatial may take precedence over temporal ordering of events in narrative. I argue that spatial narrative structuring is deeply rooted in cultural and environmental features creating a connection of unique identity for every ‘owner’ and audience of a story.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Narratives from the South Pacific: Sociocultural explorations, ed. by F. Gounder: John Benjamins Publishing Company
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