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The separation of voices in a literary utterance: a dialogical approach to discourse presentation, viewpoint, focalization – and punctuation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Scandinavian Languages.
2014 (English)In: On-line Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), 2014Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Punctuation, an often invisible, but necessary element of written communication, needs to be studied and integrated into a larger understanding of written communication. This paper presents a case study ofone of the functions of punctuation: the separation and expression of voices. The study shows that an awareness of punctuation can widen our understanding of discourse presentation and viewpoint, and how we are able, in silent reading, to disentangle the complex interplay of voices in a novel. A dialogical, Bakhtin-influenced approach is taken, and presented as potentially useful to many stylistic studies. Using the “sociological stylistics” approach that the Bakhtin circle promoted, linguistic details are studied in the utterances they belong to. The results can contribute to our understanding of writing as interaction as well as of stylistic and narrative techniques. Dialogical and interactional perspectives on the language of novels can create spaces for interdisciplinary insights, and integrate our understanding of text and context.

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Keyword [en]
Discourse presentation, focalization, polyphony, punctuation, typography, viewpoint, voice management
Keyword [sv]
interpunktion, stilistik, dialogism, perspektiv, synvinkel, fokalisation, Bachtin, Eva Adolfsson
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Specific Literatures Specific Languages
Research subject
Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239810OAI: diva2:775275
PALA 2014 Annual Conference, Maribor, Slovenia
Available from: 2014-12-31 Created: 2014-12-31 Last updated: 2015-01-13Bibliographically approved

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