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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(B3) Ahlers & Bohmann: Like finding that one tree in a forest: An analysis of narrative stance

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Like finding that one tree in a forest: An analysis of narrative stance

Much of the current sociolinguistic work on stance (Holmes-Elliott/Levon 2017, Jaffe 2009, Kiesling 2009) is focused on specific variables. In contrast, the present study takes a broad, function-informed approach in an analysis of stance-taking behavior.

We code a re-narration task completed by 79 participants for instances of stance-marking and use these markers in a k-means cluster analysis. Of the resulting two clusters, one cluster is highly heterogeneous in members, while the other includes mainly young white speakers. The stance-marking repertoire of these individuals relies heavily on the use of (quotative) like.

Based on the data, we cannot conclude a change in apparent time, but our detailed analysis found a group of innovators that revises their interpretation of a socially meaningful task. On the level of social function, we argue that their linguistic stance-taking patterns offer a more individualistic approach to storytelling, allowing speakers to shift focus from interpersonal to affective positioning.

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Wiebke Ahlers

University of Osnabrueck
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Axel Bohmann

University of Freiburg


Friday October 11, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm
EMU Ballroom


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