Oral Narration in Modern French: A Linguistic Analysis of Temporal Patterns
Storytelling is a universal human activity and oral narration -- particularly modern 'conversational' narration such as anecdotes or personal stories -- has long been fertile ground for linguists working on tense usage across a variety of languages. This book introduces 'performed' oral storytelling into the debate, using data from traditional and contemporary storytellers in French to explore the narrative tenses attested, the discourse-pragmatic effects of tense switching, the structures deployed at points of temporal sequence, as well as broader questions concerning the nature of oral discourse.
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Theoretical and Methodological Preliminaries
Models Patterns Systems
Tenseswitching on the Narrative Line
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