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Language Planning as a Sociolinguistic Experiment

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Query:   Narrative
Author:  Emma Moore
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   Many thanks to those who responded to my search for
recent texts which discuss what makes a ''good''
spoken narrative. I've summarised the responses below:

Keira Ballantyne suggested the following article which discusses how two conflicting accounts of narrative events differ and how this relates to the goal of convincing an audience:

Thornborrow, Joanna (2000) ''The construction of conflicting accounts in public participation TV''. _Language in Society_ 29(3): 357-77.

Herb Colston referred to an International Humor Studies conference paper by Neal Norrick, which considered good joke narratives. Neal Norrick also suggested his (2000) book, _Conversational Narrative_ Amsterdam: Benjamins. Neal noted that, although this book does not address the issue of what makes a good narrative directly, it does consider different kinds of oral storytelling. (This supports my view that what counts as 'good' narrative depends upon the structural and organisational quality of the narrative and its social context.)

Finally, Tabea Becker noted the publication of a new book on narrative to appear in the spring:

Becker, Tabea and Uta M. Quasthoff (2004) _Narrative Interaction_. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

LL Issue: 15.25
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2004
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