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Narrative Explanation

A Pragmatic Theory of Discourse

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John-K. Adams

Narrative is a discourse that explains past events. Behind this definition is the pragmatic assumption that a narrator uses language for a purpose, which in simple terms means that a narrator uses language to tell what happened. When we examine what a narrator provides in telling what happened, we find - among other things, but most of all - a sequence of events. In this sequence, one event leads to another; otherwise the events are simply a random collection. As a result, if one event leads to another, then all the events in the sequence lead to a final event, and in so doing, they show or explain how the final event came about, which in terms of the pragmatic theory presented here, answers the question of what happened as well as what happened.

BIC Classifications

  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 (DSBF)
        • Literary studies: from c 1900 - (DSBH)

BISAC Classifications

  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General (LIT004020)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh (LIT004120)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 (DSBF)
        • Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000 (DSBH)
        • Literary studies: from c 2000 (DSBJ)
  • Reference, Information & Interdisciplinary subjects (G)
    • Interdisciplinary studies (GT)
      • Regional studies (GTM)
  • Geographical qualifiers (1)
    • The Americas (1K)
      • North America (USA & Canada) (1KB)
        • Canada (1KBC)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • English (2ACB)
          • American English (2ACBK)