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An 8th Century Turkic Narrative: Pragmatics, Reported Speech and Managing Information
Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA.
2006 (English)In: Turkic languages, ISSN 1431-4983, Vol. 10, no 2, 155-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sociolinguistic methods should be more extensively applied to the analysis of historical texts, particularly narratives & representations of oral language. Understanding processes of authorial disclosure & management of information calls for process-oriented analyses of the ways that communication events & knowledge transitions are marked within narratives. Narratives appeal in part because authors arrange & coordinate information transitions within both narrated events & narrative events. The 8th century Turkic narrative commemoration of Bilga Tonuquq offers excellent material for demonstrating how these features interact in a complex historical narrative about knowledge, communication, planning & action. Processual analysis attending to individual rather than community conventions reveals complex, idiosyncratic understandings of the social uses of logic, poetics, narrative, & metaphor. The resulting clarity about how this narrator tells history improves our understanding of the narrator's intentions, improves translation, & clarifies the text's relationship to its historical context. 

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2006. Vol. 10, no 2, 155-186 p.
Keyword [en]
reported speech, stylistics, article, narrative, Information Content, Narrative Structure, Discourse Strategies, Turkic Languages, Literary Translation, Turkic language Old, Narratives, Historical Text Analysis
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Turkic languages
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-201635OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-201635DiVA: diva2:628313
Available from: 2013-06-13 Created: 2013-06-13 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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