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ERIC Number: ED358692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 25
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Variation in Narrative Structure: A Simple Text vs. an Innovative Work of Art.
Bjorklund, Martina; Virtanen, Tuija
The focus of this paper is the variation within the narrative type of text. Specific attention is on the variation between two rather extreme forms of narrative: simple stories written for children that may be described as stereotypical in structure, and an artistic story, "The Steppe," by A. Cexov. The view is taken that stories are comparable with each other even when they originate in different cultural settings. Narrative might well be characterized as a "primary" or "basic" type of text with more reliance on iconicity and, hence, less variation from one culture to another than, for instance, exposition or argumentation. The purpose of investigating different stories is to understand the different text strategies that may be assumed to lie behind the final products and that are reflected in the text. The temporal, locative, and agentive text strategies all bring cohesion and coherence into a text. The investigation indicates that even the concrete linguistic signals of the temporal and participant-oriented strategies manifest the degree of prototypicality of a narrative text. (Contains 41 references.) (JL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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