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ERIC Number: ED377683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 13
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Peaking at Zero: Null Subjects and Other Indicators of Peak in Konni Texts.
Cahill, Mike
An analysis of story telling in Konni, a language spoken in Ghana, focused on how the climax of a story is characterized. The texts studied are six oral folk tales; two are appended, and portions of all are used as illustrations in the text of the report. First, the definition and characteristics of "peak," or climax of a story are discussed. This phenomenon is described as a "zone of turbulence" in which normal patterns of narrative discourse are skewed. Characteristics of peak specific to Konni are then described. These include atypical use of the particle for "then," the three discourse marker functions of one verb, a concentration of verbs at peak, changes in anaphoric reference (null subject clauses, absence of pronouns, and shift from nonhuman to human pronouns), appearance of direct quotations and dialogue, and increase in pitch and amplitude of speech. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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