By Ann Banfield
First released in 1982, this name grew from a chain of essays on a number of features of narrative kind; the result's a complete product that melds literary thought with linguistic method. it really is argued that, the place linguistic idea intersects with literary thought, it truly is narrative that gives the an important ‘experiment’ for identifying among a conversation and a non-communication conception of language and, by means of extension, of literature. Chapters speak about such parts as subjectivity in direct and oblique speech, the absence of the narrator, and the improvement of narrative variety. With an in depth creation to the topic, this reissue can be of price to scholars of linguistics and literature with a specific curiosity in narrative sort and linguistic theory.
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18 Moreover, the language of narrative offers the crucial evidence for deciding certain classic linguistic issues. Does the foregoing mean that a study of the grammar of narrative style will be of interest only to linguists? This book aims to show that the answer to this question is negative. If the attentive reader, whether or not fluent in generative grammar, follows the arguments presented here, the nature of the specifically literary character of narrative will emerge from the backdrop formed by the different language of ordinary discourse and be revealed in its very essence — its very lin guistic essence.
Hi) Negation While parentheticals allow no true negation, the introductory E does, as seen in (46). (46) a. ’ (Anthony Burgess, M/F p. 1, cited in Comulier (1978), p. 80, fn. *Functionally naked, call it,’ I don’t think that I replied. a. Stendhal didn’t first write, ‘The happy few,’ Shakespeare did. *‘The happy few,’ Stendhal didn’t write.
Right dislocation, which moves a constituent to the end of the S is also excluded from indirect speech. Consider (11). (11) a. *She replied that they might be parted for years, she and Peter. a. ’ b*She exclaimed that they were awful, women. a. ‘It was so with her —my wife,’ Mr Ramsay remarked. *Mr Ramsay remarked that it had been so with her —his wife, a. ’] b*Le jeune homme r^pliqua qu’il avait done raison, ce grand fat. ] The preposing of directional adverbs is likewise restricted to direct speech, as shown in (12).