This book analyzes events and narratives from the points of view of literature, grammar, discourse, and semantics. The contributors explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. They also examine the role of prefixes in construing events and asymmetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The contributions focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and on how events are described in signed languages. They place the event and narrative categories at the center of interest and their specific goals are pursued by applying different, both qualitative and quantitative, research methods.
A Narrative-discursive Approach to Life Stories: Towards Transdisciplinarity (Agnieszka Kiełkiewicz-Janowiak)
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Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
A Narrative-discursive Approach to Life Stories: Towards Transdisciplinarity
Abstract: The textual material considered here is the life story, as it evidences the way tellers structure, describe, and generally, experience and represent life through micro narratives. The other concern of this paper is methodological. Life narratives have been studied within a range of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, history, and narratology. Multidisciplinarity offers different understandings of processes, different conceptualisations of categories, different uses of analytical tools. Interdisciplinarity involves collaboration between disciplines in order to make the most of their affordances. A discursive approach to life narratives promises an integrated approach. Particularly, a close look at textual data has the potential of challenging and re-conceptualising categories (e.g., generations), processes (e.g., reminiscence), data collection methods (e.g. interview) and analytical tools (e.g., conversation analysis). Ultimately, this is a call for transdisciplinarity, a holistic approach which transcends the traditional boundaries of disciplines by enriching the transferred concepts and operationalising them in empirical research – all in an attempt, in W.U. Dressler’s words, “to establish a new, homogeneous story”.
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