Conversational Narrative: Storytelling in Everyday Talk by Neal R. Norrick
By Neal R. Norrick
This ebook investigates the kinds and capabilities of storytelling in daily dialog. It develops a rhetoric of daily storytelling via an built-in method of either the interior constitution and the contextual integration of narrative passages. It goals at a extra whole photo of oral narrative via research of a much wider variety of common information, together with own anecdotes informed for humor, put-down tales advised for self-aggrandizement, family members tales retold to ratify club etc, in addition to marginal tales and narrative-like passages to delineate the limits of conversational storytelling and to check the analytical recommendations proposed.Using transcriptions of news from daily speak, Norrick explores disfluencies, formulaicity and repetition as teller concepts and listener cues along worldwide phenomena corresponding to retelling and narrative macrostructures. He additionally extends his research to narrative jokes from dialog and to narrative passages in drama, specifically Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” and Beckett’s “Endgame”.
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The mommy picked it up. Sacks also postulates ‘viewer’s maxims’, which provide for construing the mother’s behavior as adhering to a norm that mothers should try to soothe crying babies. g. g. Rummelhart 1975) set up semantic relations between story elements such as ‘Cause’ and ‘Motivate’, so that the mother’s behavior could again be characterized as motivated by the baby’s crying.
Thus, Sacks (1972) gets at relations between narrative elements in part by recognizing ‘membership 44 CONVERSATIONAL NARRATIVE categorization devices’, which provide for assigning the mother and the baby in his own example below to the same family group. the baby cried. the mommy picked it up. Sacks also postulates ‘viewer’s maxims’, which provide for construing the mother’s behavior as adhering to a norm that mothers should try to soothe crying babies. g. g. Rummelhart 1975) set up semantic relations between story elements such as ‘Cause’ and ‘Motivate’, so that the mother’s behavior could again be characterized as motivated by the baby’s crying.
She explicitly records her embarrassment in the abstract at line 17, saying “the most embarrassing moment of my life”, and again in line 22 with “I can’t believe I did this,” and “I was so embarrassed” in line 40. She emphasizes her nervousness in lines 23 and 25, and again in the phrase “just the thought of speaking on- into that microphone” in lines 35–36. All kinds of evaluation work to create interest in the audience and to ratify the narrated events as genuine past experience, but they also serve to signal the teller’s attitudes and cue the hearer’s expectations.