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Wed Dec 11 2002

Books: Literary Stylistics/Sociolinguistics: Nair

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  1. bartonm, Narrative Gravity: Nair

Message 1: Narrative Gravity: Nair

Date: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 09:40:23 +0000
From: bartonm <>
Subject: Narrative Gravity: Nair

Title: Narrative Gravity
Subtitle: Conversation, Cognition, Culture
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press		 
Book URL:
Author: Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Indian Institute of Technology, Dehli 

Hardback: ISBN: 0195657004, Pages: 338 pp, Price: $19.95

"This remarkable book builds on Chomsky's key insight that language
provides an inbuilt key to our identity as a symbol using species. To
the role of grammar as a cognitive tool enabling us to construct
'selves', Nair adds a second tool in the realm of discourse:
narrative. She has a wonderfully subtle account of the psychology of
narrative as a 'species of natural theory'. Nair's work is not yet
very well known in the United States but I anticipate that with this
book she will be recognized as a major figure."--Stephen Greenblatt,
Harvard University

"Nair's brilliant study of narrative combines anthropological and
sociolinguistic perspectives with cognitive ones to bring out the
magical impulses that animate this genre."--Michael J. Toolan,
University of Birmingham, author of Narrative: A Critical Linguistic

Lingfield(s): Literary Stylistics (Sociolinguistics)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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