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By Richard Bauman

ISBN-10: 0470773898

ISBN-13: 9780470773895

ISBN-10: 1405116048

ISBN-13: 9781405116046

Drawing on his paintings in Iceland, eire, Scotland, North the US, Ghana, and Fiji, linguistic anthropologist and folklorist Richard Bauman provides a sequence of ethnographic case reports that provide a gleaming examine intertextuality as communicative perform.

  • A attention-grabbing point of view on intertextuality: the concept written and spoken texts converse to each other, e.g. via style or allusions.
  • Presents a chain of ethnographic case reports to demonstrate the topic.
  • Draws on a extensive variety of oral performances and literary documents from around the world.
  • The author’s creation units a framework for the research of style, practice and intertextuality.
  • Shows how performers combination genres, e.g., telling tales approximately riddles or legends approximately magical verses, or developing revenues pitches.

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To this point, then, we have some riddle-like non-riddles, in formal and functional terms. How do they work in the tale? The narrative opens with an assertion of the King’s power, expressed as an intention to take away the mill from the miller. This is institutional power, the right of the King to confiscate his subjects’ property. The King does offer a way out, however, though not a very promising one: if the miller can guess the answers to the questions the King will pose to him, he can keep his mill.

The speech acts that make up these sequences constitute the narrative action. In the third exchange, however, there is an important additional element. Here we have not only the speech acts of the King and Jack, represented as direct discourse in which the King poses his enigmatic question and Jack answers, but also the enactment or embodiment of the ultimate enigma: the miller is Jack. That is to say, the final interaction consists of two kinds of action, speaking and metaphorical enactment. Jack simultaneously speaks the answer and is the answer.

AQ fór (19) = “Should it turn out” (subjunctive) vs. “it turned out” (preterite); sandinn, (16) vs. -sandur (21) = sand- + definite article suffix vs. -sand + accusative case marker; tungu- (18) vs. tunguna (22) = tung- + genitive case marker vs. tung+ accusative case marker. We can see clearly, then, in lines 19–22, that the verse has a strong formative influence on the narrative discourse that follows it; it has the capacity to shape and permeate the narrative beyond its own formal boundaries.

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