Expression of the interpersonal connection between narrators and characters in Umpila and Kuuku Ya'u storytelling

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Expression of the interpersonal connection between narrators and characters in Umpila and Kuuku Ya'u storytelling. / Hill, Clair.

I: Narrative Inquiry, Vol. 26, Nr. 2, 2016, s. 257-285.

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T1 - Expression of the interpersonal connection between narrators and characters in Umpila and Kuuku Ya'u storytelling

AU - Hill, Clair

PY - 2016

Y1 - 2016

N2 - This article analyses the selection of person reference expressions in narratives in Umpila/Kuuku Ya'u, a Pama-Nyungan language of Cape York Peninsula (Australia). The analysis takes the principle of topic-fittedness, one of a set of design principles proposed to account for the interactional conditioning of person reference formulation, and applies it to Umpila/Kuuku Ya'u narration. The ensuing anlaysis demonstrates that referring practices are conditioned by, and ultimately work to convey, manifold contextual aspects of the narrative and the speech event it is embedded in. The focus is on the narrator's use and manipulation of kin-Terms to highlight the interpersonal connection between themselves and characters. Kin-Term expressions are shown to be fitted to the pragmaticaction being undertaken by the narrator: namely, to signal authority to quote another's words in represented speech; to bolster authority to speak on a subject matter; and to develop a stance in relation to events being narrated.

AB - This article analyses the selection of person reference expressions in narratives in Umpila/Kuuku Ya'u, a Pama-Nyungan language of Cape York Peninsula (Australia). The analysis takes the principle of topic-fittedness, one of a set of design principles proposed to account for the interactional conditioning of person reference formulation, and applies it to Umpila/Kuuku Ya'u narration. The ensuing anlaysis demonstrates that referring practices are conditioned by, and ultimately work to convey, manifold contextual aspects of the narrative and the speech event it is embedded in. The focus is on the narrator's use and manipulation of kin-Terms to highlight the interpersonal connection between themselves and characters. Kin-Term expressions are shown to be fitted to the pragmaticaction being undertaken by the narrator: namely, to signal authority to quote another's words in represented speech; to bolster authority to speak on a subject matter; and to develop a stance in relation to events being narrated.

KW - Kin-Terms

KW - Narrative

KW - Person reference

KW - Umpila/Kuuku Ya'u

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=85016040712&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1075/ni.26.2.04hil

DO - 10.1075/ni.26.2.04hil

M3 - Article

VL - 26

SP - 257

EP - 285

JO - Narrative Inquiry

T2 - Narrative Inquiry

JF - Narrative Inquiry

SN - 1387-6740

IS - 2

ER -