Narrative Progression in the Short Story

Narrative Progression in the Short Story

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One of our most valuable capacities is our ability partly to predict what will come next in a text. But linguistic understanding of this remains very limited, especially in genres such as the short story where there is a staging of the clash between predictability and unpredictability. This book proposes that a matrix of narrativity-furthering textual features is crucial to the readera€™s forming of expectations about how a literary story will continue to its close. Toolan uses corpus linguistic software and methods, and stylistic and narratological theory, in the course of delineating the matrix of eight parameters that he sees as crucial to creating narrative progression and expectation. The book will be of interest to stylisticians, narratologists, corpus linguists, and short story scholars.Text A would be said to have a type/token ratio of 25 (effectively a percentage), meaning also that on average each word in the text is used four times; ... This single paragraph has a type/token ratio that is six times higher than that for the entire story (62, as against 10.4): ... In the penultimate sentence, for example, readers must incorporate (new) ideas of breeches, whiteness, rubber, ... the storya#39;s short opening paragraph, which of course immediately precedes the one just discussed.

Title:Narrative Progression in the Short Story
Author:Michael Toolan
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2009-01-14


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