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Verbal Communication by Louis de Saussure, Andrea Rocci

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Neal R. Norrick

12Narrative discourse

Abstract: This chapter investigates cognitive aspects of narrative discourse centered, first, on narrative and memory and, second, on narrative in interaction. It explores the strategies and mental processing participants in conversation employ to get a story straight, highlighting the role of rational contextual construction and evaluation vis-à-vis reliance on memory. Then the consideration of social aspects of narrative discourse focuses on tellability and evaluation, both of which depend on and help constitute such social functions as breaking the ice, exchanging personal information, entertaining, identifying group values, goals, and expectations. A final discussion of methodological issues and applications ...

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