Stories of courtship and marriage: Orientations in openings

Baker, C. and Johnson, G. (2000) Stories of courtship and marriage: Orientations in openings. Narrative Inquiry, 10 2: 377-401. doi:10.1075/ni.10.2.05bak

Author Baker, C.
Johnson, G.
Title Stories of courtship and marriage: Orientations in openings
Journal name Narrative Inquiry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1387-6740
Publication date 2000
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1075/ni.10.2.05bak
Volume 10
Issue 2
Start page 377
End page 401
Total pages 25
Place of publication Amsterdam
Publisher John Benjamins
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
380203 Discourse and Pragmatics
751000 Communication
1601 Anthropology
2005 Literary Studies
Abstract This paper presents initial analyses of the opening sequences of a number of courtship and marriage stories told by elderly Italian-Australians. Using a conversation-analytic perspective. the paper contributes to the: study of how story telling is a co-construction of teller and audience. The focus is on how the storyteller(s) and the interviewer, referring to a list of topics that might be covered in the story, negotiate how the story should be told. These instances of conversational storytelling differ from those in naturally occurring settings, since the storytelling is being recorded; further, they are distinctive because the storytellers know that the audio-recordings will be later transformed into chapters in a book. Therefore. there is a distinctive for the record orientation by both storyteller and interviewer, as might occur with oral history research. This paper explicates what might be involved in getting stories started under such circumstances. Some of the theoretical issues that arise from the analysis include the status, for storytellers, of the assumption that then is a correct or true story that represents what once happened. The orientation taken to analysis of the storytelling, however, is concerned with the act of telling (cf. Bamberg, 1997). This paper thus contributes to a pragmatic approach to narrative and narrative analysis.
Keyword Language & Linguistics Theory
Applied Linguistics
Narrative Analysis
Q-Index Code C1

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