This book investigates how Japanese participants accommodate to and
make use of genre-specific characteristics to make stories
tellable, create interpersonal involvement, negotiate
responsibility, and show their personal selves. The analyses of
storytelling in casual conversation, animation narratives,
television talk shows, survey interviews, and large university
lectures focus on participation/participatory framework, topical
coherence, involvement, knowledge, the story recipient's role,
prosody and nonverbal behavior. Story tellers across genre are
shown to use linguistic/paralinguistic (prosody, reported speech,
style shifting, demonstratives, repetition, ellipsis,
co-construction, connectives, final particles, onomatopoeia) and
nonverbal (gesture, gaze, head nodding) devices to involve their
recipients, and recipients also use a multiple of devices
(laughter, repetition, responsive forms, posture changes) to shape
the development of the stories. Nonverbal behavior proves to be a
rich resource and constitutive feature of storytelling across
genre. The analyses also shed new light on grammar across genre
(ellipsis, demonstratives, clause combining), and illustrate a
variety of methods for studying genre.
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