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Title: Narrative Interaction
Edited By: Uta M Quasthoff
Tabea Becker
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SiN%205
Series Title: Studies in Narrative 5

Telling stories in conversations is intricately interwoven with the
interactive and local functions of story telling. Telling stories demands a
certain kind of context and in itself establishes a particular interactive
reality. Thus, narration is a specific kind of verbal interaction, governed
by contextualizing devices, genre-specific cooperative regularities and
corresponding verbal features. It plays an important role in institutional
as well as in private modes of communication. The volume focuses on
narration as a contextualized and contextualizing activity, which allocates
specific structural tasks to the participants in the narrative process
(narrator, co-narrator, listener). Thus, the research questions are
oriented towards story telling under a functional and interactive
perspective. The contributions analyze recordings of authentic narrations
in different functions using different kinds of qualitative reconstructive
methods. The data come from everyday as well as institutional settings and
the languages covered are English, German, Greek, Hungarian, and Italian.

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Different dimensions in the field of narrative interaction
Tabea Becker and Uta M. Quasthoff pp.1–11

Part I: Acquiring the world through narrative interaction p.13
2. Fantasy stories and conversational narratives of personal experience:
Genre-specific, interactional and developmental perspectives
Friederike Kern and Uta M. Quasthoff pp.15–56
3. The "Two-Puppies" Story: The role of narrative in teaching and learning
Richard Sohmer and Sarah Michaels pp.57–91
4. The role of narrative interaction in narrative development
Tabea Becker pp.93–111
5. Humorous disaster and success stories among female adolescents in Germany
Rebecca Branner pp.113–147

Part II: The co-construction of narratives p.149
6. Construction of self-narrative in a psychotherapeutic setting: An
analysis of the mutual determination of narrative perspective taken by
patient and therapist
Eszter Beran and Zsolt Unoka pp.151–167
7. The role of metaphor in the narrative co-construction of collaborative
Vera John-Steiner, Christopher Shank and Teresa Meehan pp.169–195
8. The use of interjections in Italian conversation: The participation of
the audience in narratives
Chiara Monzoni pp.197–220

Part III: Retold Stories p.221
9. Same old story? On the interactional dynamics of shared narratives
Alexandra Georgakopoulos pp.223–241
10. Institutional memories: the narrative retelling of a professionel life
Jenny Cook-Gumperz pp.243–261
11. Interaction in the telling and retelling of interlaced stories: The
co-construction of humorous narratives
Neal R. Norrick pp.263–283
12. Narrative reconstruction of past experiences: Adjustments and
modifications in the process of recontextualizing a past experience
Susanne Günthner pp.285–301

Index p.303

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027226458
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 306
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ISBN: 1588115534
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