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Title: A Sad Email from Baghdad: A narrative-discourse analysis
Author: Bahaa-Eddin M. Mazid
Email: click here to access email
Institution: United Arab Emirates University
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis
Abstract: The paper provides a narrative-discourse analysis of an email from Baghdad where a brother recounts the story of his sister's tragic death in a gunbattle between the police and unidentified "gunmen." A partial review and brief theoretical notes on the email genre and narrative are given. Then, a discussion of tellability and telling rights is followed by an analysis of the email narrative based on Labov's model, typical characteristics of narrative as suggested by Toolan (2001), with an elaboration on the email as a written narrative and cohesion and coherence therein, and storyteller's roles as synthesized by Koven (2002). Comparatively less elaborate remarks are made on narration as action, narrator involvement, benefits of narrating and the metaphor of life-as-a-journey in the email.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Cairo Studies in English, 2006, pp. 1-22.


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