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Narrativity in Action: Language, Culture and Text

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Magdalena Grabowska, Grzegorz Grzegorczyk and Piotr Kallas

This monograph highlights the significance of narrative tools for the analysis of language behaviour in various social situations and considers narrativity as a natural human way of making sense. Through narration we develop unique modes of comprehending reality and dealing with its complicated structure. The analysis elaborates narrating as a dialogical experience and highlights its important role in coaching and in personalised education. Additionally it throws light on the modern city narrative as a literary genre. Lastly the authors develop the aspects of narrativity in the act of conversion in evangelical churches as an instance of identity enactment explaining the modern trends in preaching in charismatic evangelical churches.

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Stories, Dialogue and Languaging: Narrating as a Dialogical Activity (Grzegorz Grzegorczyk)

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Grzegorz Grzegorczyk(University of Gdańsk)

Stories, Dialogue and Languaging: Narrating as a Dialogical Activity

To say that all human thinking is essentially of two kinds – reasoning on the one hand, and narrative, descriptive, contemplative thinking on the other – is to say only what every reader’s experience will corroborate.

William James

Abstract: We experience life as we language about it. We are sense-making agents who, by engaging in linguistic interactions, make sense of what they see. Narratives are the basic element of what we say to each other as conversing individuals.

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