LINGUIST List 31.2425

Thu Jul 30 2020

Calls: Sociolinguistics/Switzerland

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 24-Jul-2020
From: Neal Norrick <>
Subject: Narrative Practices and Dimensions
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Full Title: Narrative Practices and Dimensions

Date: 27-Jun-2021 - 02-Jul-2021
Location: Winterthur, Switzerland
Contact Person: Neal Norrick
Meeting Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Call Deadline: 25-Oct-2020

Meeting Description:

In recent years the spotlight in narrative pragmatics/studies has often shifted from stories themselves to narrative practices and dimensions. Narrative dimensions or parameters have been defined in relation to tellers, recipients and contexts in place of traditional categories like genres and classifications like fictional versus non-fictional or narratives of personal versus vicarious experience. Research has revealed gradient dimensions and hybrid genres. At the same time, recognition of a wider variety of telling contexts, moving beyond traditional content-based canonical stories, has led to recognition of the analytical need for a range of narrative practices in place of “large stories” versus “small stories.” Researchers began to explore narrative practices not just within the story (text) but also within the overall narrative performance including elicitation of stories, justification for telling, obtaining the floor, recipient design, and recipient responses, even as these responses turn into parallel and conflicting narratives. Storytelling in interaction was also analyzed in relation to embodied action, e.g., gestures, diverse forms of re-enactments, and “showing” objects, persons or features of the material environment. Various strategies of “recipient design” result in narrative practices tailored to the current participants and interactional goals of the immediate local performance. The affordances of computer mediated communication influence narrative dimensions and shape narrative practices of their own, particularly in the social media. Tellability, initially based on story content, has come to be understood as often grounded on interactional criteria such as relationships between tellers and recipients, who has the right to tell whom, who should know the story and why. This panel will bring together an international group of scholars interested in narrative discourse and narrative performance, seeking to identify and illuminate narrative practices and dimensions across story genres, telling contexts, social groups and cultures, to relate, compare and perhaps reconcile approaches based in narrative dimensions and narrative practices.

Call for Papers:

If you would like to contribute to this panel, please send your 250-500 word abstract to for pre-approval.

All abstracts will ultimately have to be submitted individually through the IPrA website ( by 25 October 2020. Please prepare your abstracts for submission with a reference to the IPrA Call for papers & Submission guidelines and select the panel “Narrative Practices and Dimensions.”

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