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LINGUIST List 19.33

Tue Jan 08 2008

FYI: Narratives in Interaction

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        1.    Joan Mortensen, Narratives in Interaction

Message 1: Narratives in Interaction
Date: 07-Jan-2008
From: Joan Mortensen <gradeasthum.ku.dk>
Subject: Narratives in Interaction
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PhD course: Narratives in interaction - from structure to practice
Contributions from pragmatics, sociolinguistics and conversation analysis

In recent years narratives have become a key area of research within a
series of different disciplines, e.g. sociology, linguistics, psychology,
and anthropology. In linguistics, Labov & Waletsky's structural approach
still functions as a common point of departure, but narratives are no
longer considered structural linguistic resources 'belonging' to the
teller, or as testimonies of past events. Today, research on narratives is
heavily influenced by an 'interactional turn' in which narratives are
considered as practices expressed in a multiplicity of narrative formats -
anecdotes, accounts, stories, small stories, life histories, master
narratives, etc. In this research, the process of producing narratives has
become a central concern, and it is understood as intricately intervowen
with the communicative situation in which it takes place. In other words,
narratives are considered as interactional achievements. Central foci of
interest are: Who is narrating to whom and with what purpose? Which actions
are involved? In which ways are the recipients engaged? And how are
narratives and their meanings negotiated in talk? On these grounds, context
has become a key concept, and the contextualized and contextualizing
aspects of narratives have become a core issue of analysis.

The aim of this course is to introduce students to different studies of,
and perspectives on, narratives in interaction. The lecturers are
sociologically informed language researchers - pragmatists, sociolinguists,
conversation analysts - who investigate narratives in interaction.

Two aspects will be central:

1. Exploration of narratives in context: to explore how narratives are
constructed and negotiated in interaction, which functions they have, and
how they contextualize discourse while drawing on already established contexts.

2. Methodological reflection: to discuss how and the extent to which the
different approaches conflict with, supplement or overlap each other. To
what extent have we developed adequate interdisciplinary approaches for the
analysis of narrative practices?

The lectures consist of a theoretical part focusing on narrative and
linguistic theory and methodology, and a practical part demonstrating how
to analyze different kinds of everyday and institutional talk.

Time will be reserved for round-table discussions, for students'
presentations and for special interests.

Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th of August, 2008, 9-17

Roskilde University, Denmark (building 01)

Registration: Before June 1st, 2008. Please fill out the registration form
on the gradeast website. Participants should include a one page abstract of
their project. Further information about the course will be sent out after
registration. Information about admittance will be sent out to applicants
shortly after June 15th, 2008.

Grants: A limited number of travel and accommodation grants for students in
the participating Nordling Graduate Schools. Danish students cannot apply
for these grants. Please fill out the grant application form in order to
apply (a recommendation by the student's supervisor is requested).
Application deadline: June 1st, 2008.

Lecturers: Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King's College), Anna De Fina
(Georgetown University), Arnulf Deppermann (University of Mannheim),
Bettina Perregaard & Marianne Johansen (University of Copenhagen), Eva
Christensen & Susanne Kjærbeck (Roskilde University).

The course is co-organized by Gradeast and Roskilde University (Susanne
Kjærbeck: susannekruc.dk) as a part of the NordLing course programme.
NordLing is a Balto-Scandinavian network of graduate schools in language
and linguistic studies. The network organises joint courses, seminars,
summer schools, conferences, and other events aimed at doctoral students in
the participating institutions. Furthermore, NordLing awards student travel
grants to NordLing events.

Conference e-mail:

Conference website:

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Sociolinguistics

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