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ERIC Number: ED397644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 30
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Collaborative Narration of Familiar Stories in Conversation.
Norrick, Neal R.
The retelling of a familiar story is analyzed as a narrative event, particularly when the story is told by more than one person in a group. Three important functions of retelling a familiar story are identified: (1) to foster group rapport; (2) to ratify group membership; and (3) to convey group values. Often the three functions co-exist in the same narrative event, while one function may dominate a whole narrative or section of it. For each function, the analysis draws on one or more narratives or narrative segments, transcribed here, and focuses on forms of interaction, turn-taking, verb forms, and use of language. Familiar stories are tellable under different circumstances from original stories, depending on the dynamics of the narrative event itself rather than on its newsworthiness. Structural markers of re-told tales include prefaces such as "the story about" and questions beginning with "remember." Participants check their own recollection of the story with open-ended statements and requests for confirmation. Retelling often serves an informing function because participants gain new insights into the events narrated through dynamic give-and-take. Contains 49 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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