Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genre

Polly E. Szatrowski | The University of Minnesota
ISBN 9789027226532 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027287939 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book investigates how Japanese participants accommodate to and make use of genre-specific characteristics to make stories tellable, create interpersonal involvement, negotiate responsibility, and show their personal selves. The analyses of storytelling in casual conversation, animation narratives, television talk shows, survey interviews, and large university lectures focus on participation/participatory framework, topical coherence, involvement, knowledge, the story recipient’s role, prosody and nonverbal behavior. Story tellers across genre are shown to use linguistic/paralinguistic (prosody, reported speech, style shifting, demonstratives, repetition, ellipsis, co-construction, connectives, final particles, onomatopoeia) and nonverbal (gesture, gaze, head nodding) devices to involve their recipients, and recipients also use a multiple of devices (laughter, repetition, responsive forms, posture changes) to shape the development of the stories. Nonverbal behavior proves to be a rich resource and constitutive feature of storytelling across genre. The analyses also shed new light on grammar across genre (ellipsis, demonstratives, clause combining), and illustrate a variety of methods for studying genre.
[Studies in Narrative, 13] 2010.  vi, 313 pp.
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“This book challenges researchers with the dramatic theoretical proposal that it is not only the story tellers and the story texts, but also the recipients and various nonverbal devices that play a crucial role in the act of storytelling. The chapters present persuasive data to exemplify the intricate tapestry of Japanese storytelling woven with the warp and weft of conscious/unconscious efforts by the concerned parties. My special applause extends to the editor whose careful selection of the contributors speared the cloud of opacity around the “mystery” of Japanese storytelling.”
“This is a crucial book for the study of storytelling in interaction. It offers an original point of departure for analyzing how multiple semiotic resources such as talk, prosody, and gesture construct the organization of storytelling in different settings ranging from everyday conversation to university lectures. It is essential reading for anyone interested in storytelling in structurally different kinds of interaction.”
“With a focus on a variety of narratives in conversational discourse, Storytelling across Japanese Conversational Genre deepens our appreciation of multiple usages and functions of the Japanese language in real-life communication. Based on quality research, the volume offers fresh insight into how verbal (e.g., demonstratives), paralinguistic (e.g., prosody) and nonverbal (gesture, gaze, head nods) behavior can be meaningfully analyzed. For its breadth and depth of analysis, researchers in Japanese language and social interaction will find this volume both stimulating and useful.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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