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Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative FictionA Corpus-Assisted Approach$
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Beatrix Busse

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190212360

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190212360.001.0001

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Narrative Progression and Characterization

Narrative Progression and Characterization

The Functional Interplay between Narration and Discourse Presentation

(p.165) Chapter 7 Narrative Progression and Characterization
Speech, Writing, and Thought Presentation in 19th-Century Narrative Fiction

Beatrix Busse

Oxford University Press

The seventh chapter focuses on the functional interplay between passages of narration that interplay with the different modes of discourse presentation. It shows how this interplay is linguistically realized in 19th-century fiction and which functional potential it has for narrative progression and characterization. The discussion focuses on (a) the lexico-grammatical variety of reporting verbs that accompany direct and indirect forms of speech, writing, and thought presentation; (b) paralinguistic narration describing mime, gesture, and body movement as well as moments of silence; and (c) foregrounded occurrences of passages of visual narration and discourse presentation. With particular grammatical, syntactic, and pragmatic patterns priming narrative stretches, readers are able to identify them and use them as anchor points for the processing of the narrative in general. Via recourse to quantitative methodology such as the identification of keywords, the chapter further presents some conclusions about particular 19th-century strategies of world creation.

Keywords:   narration, discourse presentation, keyword, narrative progression, characterization, reporting verb, paralinguistic narration, foregrounding, priming, 19th century

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