Resonance as a resource for stance-taking in narratives

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This paper traces the recurrence and manipulation of devices in monologic narrative texts produced by university students based on a semi-structured elicitation. It focuses on a detailed analysis of multiple texts produced by different speakerwriters of Hebrew, to illustrate the function of structural resonance of both clauses and combinations of clauses (Clause Packages). The analyses show that while lexical devices reflect a more distanced (less evaluative) discourse stance (Berman 2005), the use of creative resonance (Du Bois 2014) between syntactic structures can either enhance or undermine the narrator's own explicit perspective on events. Stance is thus not only highlighted by resonance in monologic texts (Sakita this issue); in fact, stance is engaged with in a way that is very similar to what has been illustrated for dialogue (Dori-Hacohen this issue; Dutra this issue; Nir & Zima this issue). It is suggested that the power of this engagement can be fully assessed only if lexical and syntactic resonance are systematically analyzed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-121
Number of pages27
JournalFunctions of Language
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
2. The project was funded by a Spencer Foundation major grant, 1997–2001, Ruth Berman PI.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 John Benjamins Publishing Company.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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