Narrative and Identity Construction in the Pacific Islands

Farzana Gounder | University of Waikato
ISBN 9789027249340 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027268679 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Comprising of more than twenty five percent of the world’s known languages, the Pacific is considered to be the most linguistically diverse region in the world. What unifies the region is the culture of storytelling, which provides a fundamental means for perpetuating cultural knowledge across generations. The volume brings together linguists, literary theorists, anthropologists and historians to explore the Pacific peoples’ constructions of identities through narrative. Chapters are organized under three themes: fine grained analysis at the storyworld level, the interactional context of narrative telling, and finally, the interconnections between narrative and cultural memory. The volume reflects the Pacific region’s rich linguistic and cultural diversity, with discussions on the narrativization patterns in Australian and New Zealand English, Palmerston Island and Pitkern-Norfl’k English, Fiji Hindi, Hawaiian, Samoan, Solomon Island Pidgin, the Australian Aboriginal languages Jaminjung and Kriol, the Micronesian languages Mortlockese and Guam Chamorros, and the Vanuatuan languages Auluan, Neverver and Sa.
[Studies in Narrative, 21] 2015.  xvi, 260 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“For anyone interested in narrative research this book presents a broad range of conceptual and methodological approaches. The inter-disciplinary focus of researchers and the cultural diversity of storytellers remind us that there are many ways to understand and explore narrative and identity. Rich in data, the chapters draw readers into story worlds that are interesting, informative, and surprising!”
“The study of narrative is the study of human experience: This book draws on the wisdom of researchers and native speakers from across the Pacific, to share in the experience of humanity and to celebrate the linguistic creativity of the peoples living there. A book for linguists, anthropologists and anyone who loves a story.”
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2015. Publications Received. Language in Society 44:5  pp. 753 ff. DOI logo

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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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