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ERIC Number: ED358689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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Prose Dialogue and Discourse.
Malcolm, Karen
Realistic spoken discourse, as it actually is used in real-life situations, would not be acceptable in the written medium: the established conventions of the written medium are not adequately equipped to convey the phonological subtleties and undertones of speech. Novelists use dialogue to imitate or mirror reality, but writing carries with it such different expectations and alternative realizations than speech and, as a consequence, fictional dialogue is necessarily different from spoken discourse. This article uses phasal analysis, i.e. the study of simultaneous, ideational, and interpersonal and textual encodings in text, to compare casual conversation and fictional dialogue to examine how prominent Canadian authors have selectively condensed the essence of real talk to create the illusion of authenticity. Phasal analysis also shows how dialogue is organized beyond the sentence, and structured even beyond the graphological conventions with which authors generally comply. (Contains 20 references.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada