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Linearization, that is the way of how speakers order their utterances, is a central aspect of speaking. This cross-linguistic/cross-cultural subproject is interested in linearization and segmentation schemata that underlie narratives. The subproject combines interests in the interface between language and cognition with general cultural anthropological concerns.

Research questions pursued include: How do speakers of a language linearize narratives? How do children acquire linearization strategies? Do speakers differentiate different narrative genres? If so, are they linearized in a specific way or do general linearization strategies hold for all kinds of narratives? Which strategies are language and culture-specific? What rhetorical devices are used in and for the planning and ordering of parts or episodes within the macrostructure of narratives? Are these devices language- and culture-specific? And can they contribute to explaining the ability of narrators in non-literate societies to store huge amounts of information in their memories?

Penelope Brown
Stephen C. Levinson
Gunter Senft

Last checked 2018-06-15 by Edith Sjoerdsma
Language and Cognition


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Stephen C. Levinson

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