Another look at storyline marking in Sherpa narrative

Date:
2011
Part Of Series:
Himalayan Linguistics, Vol. 10, No. 1
Extent:
pages 77-99
Abstract:
The storyline clauses of a narrative push a story forward through time while supportive clauses slow down or stop the temporal movement of a story. This distinction between the functions of event clauses and non-event clauses in narrative discourse has been studied in various languages around the world. This paper applies a textlinguistics approach to discourse to describe the morpho-syntactic and lexico-semanic features that distinguish types of storyline clauses from types of supportive material in five Sherpa personal experience narratives. Once the storyline markers are described, I then compare my results with Schöttelndreyer’s (1978) study of storyline in Sherpa. Based on this comparison, I suggest a reevaluation of Schöttelndreyer’s classification of personal experience narratives. While Schöttelndreyer suggests that there are four personal experience narrative genres each normally characterized by one storyline marker, the analysis presented in this paper leads to the conclusion that the norm is for personal experience narratives to exhibit multiple storyline markers with each marker performing a different evidential or attitudinal function rather than representing a primary indicator of genre.
Description:
Himalayan Linguistics 10(1): Special Issue in Memory of Michael Noonan and David Watters.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Nepal
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Subject:
Discourse analysis
Genre theory
Narrative structure
Storyline
Textlinguistics
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Entry Number:
43905