Telling Stories: Language, Narrative, and Social Life

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In Telling Stories leading scholars illustrate how narratives build bridges among language, identity, interaction, society, and culture in various settings such as therapeutic and medical encounters, educational environments, politics, media, marketing, and public relations. They analyze a variety of topics from the narrative construction of self and identity to the telling of stories in different media and the roles that small and big life stories play in everyday social interactions and institutions. These new reflections on the theory and analysis of narrative offer the latest tools to researchers in the fields of discourse analysis and sociolinguistics.

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Meet the Author

Deborah Schiffrin is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University. She is the author of In Other Words: Variation in Reference and Narrative.

Anna De Fina is an associate professor in the Department of Italian at Georgetown University. She is the author of Identity in Narrative: A Study of Immigrant Discourse.

Anastasia Nylund is a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Georgetown University.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Deborah Schiffrin Anna De Fina 1

Chapter 1 Where Should I Begin? William Labov 7

Chapter 2 The Remediation of Storytelling: Narrative Performance on Early Commercial Sound Recordings Richard Bauman 23

Chapter 3 Narrative, Culture, and Mind Jerome Burner 45

Chapter 4 Positioning as a Metagrammar for Discursive Story Lines Rom Harré 51

Chapter 5 “Ay Ay Vienen Estos Juareños”: On the Positioning of Selves through Code Switching by Second-Generation Immigrant College Students Alan D. Hansen Luke Moissinac Cristal Renteria Eliana Razo 57

Chapter 6 A Tripartite Self-Construction Model of Identity Leor Cohen 69

Chapter 7 Narratives of Reputation: Layerings of Social and Spatial Identities Gabriella Modan Amy Shuman 83

Chapter 8 Identity Building through Narratives on a Tulu Call-in TV Show Malavika Shetty 95

Chapter 9 Blank Check for Biography? Openness and Ingenuity in the Management of the “Who-Am-I Question” and What Life Stories Actually May Not Be Good For Michael Bamberg 109

Chapter 10 Reflection and Self-Disclosure from the Small Stories Perspective: A Study of Identity Claims in Interview and Conversational Data Alexandra Georgakopoulou 123

Chapter 11 Negotiating Deviance: Identity, Trajectories, and Norms in a Graffitist's Interview Narrative Jarmila Mildorf 135

Chapter 12 Interaction and Narrative Structure in Dementia Lars Christer Hydén and Linda Örulv 149

Chapter 13 Concurrent and intervening Actions during Storytelling in Family “Ceremonial” Dinners Jenny Mandelbaum 161

Chapier 14 Truth and Authorship in Textual Trajectories Isolda E. Carranza 173

Chapter 15 Legitimation and the Heteroglossic Nature of Closing Arguments Laura Felton Rosulek 181

Chapter 16 Multimodal Storytelling and Identity Construction in Graphic Narratives David Herman 195

Chapter 17 The Role of Style Shifting in the Functions and Purposes of Storytelling: Detective Stories in Anime Fumiko Nazikian 209

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