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Indirect reported speech in storytelling: its position, design and uses

Holt, Elizabeth (2017) Indirect reported speech in storytelling: its position, design and uses. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 50 (2). pp. 171-187. ISSN 0835-1813

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In this study conversation analysis is used in an investigation of indirect reported speech (IRS) in storytelling. It reveals its recurrent sequential positions showing that it occurs in distinct places from direct reported speech (DRS) and performs different interactional tasks. IRS recurrently occurs in talk surrounding the focus of the telling (including background detailing prior to, during or following the focus of the story), and in introducing sequences of DRS. It tends to be brief - usually one unit long- and non-granular. It summarises or glosses an action rather than enacting a locution from a particular context and is recurrently embedded into larger structures. In this way it regularly manages transitions either from detailing to the focus, or from the focus to related matters. Thus, analysis throws light on the use and design of reported speech in interaction and adds to our knowledge of the way storytelling is constructed and how movement between different segments is managed. The data are drawn from collections of English telephone calls recorded in the UK and US.

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Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Research on Language and Social Interaction on 8 June 2017, available online:
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Sally Hughes
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2017 12:38
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 16:05


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