This book shows the role of specific linguistic structures in the
creation of formulaic, artistic patterns in Quechua legendary
narratives and explores how the patterns function in relation to
concepts such as main event line and other rhetorical structures.
The analysis of the texts into artistic patterns is mainly based on
Dell Hymes's criteria; thus "pattern numbers," initial connectives
and evidential markers play an important role in the pattern
formations. The Quechua texts also show that the switch-reference
markers and/or the rotation of subject in general is crucial to the
structuring of the texts. The analysis moreover shows how the
different patterns discovered are closely tied to
rhetorical/cognitive structures, as they are perceived and lined
out by various linguists, especially those of Robert Longacre and
Wallace L. Chafe. The analysis of the texts prompts various
questions in regards to the functions of the linguistic structures
mentioned. Some of these get specific attention in the final
chapter which also includes a discussion that seeks to find an
explanation of the textual patterns through looking at universal
artistic patterns as outlined by other scholars, as well as looking
to some Quechua cultural patterns. Agot Bergli received the Dr.
art. (Ph.D.) in linguistics in 2002 from Norges
Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet (NTNU), Trondheim.She has
worked with SIL International since 1979, primarily as an editor of
works on Quechua and discourse studies.
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