Exploring the links between language and social practice,
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This review is from: Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence (Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics) (Paperback)
Charlotte Linde describes the life story as a discontinuous discourse unit told over time on many occasions and subject to revision and change. For the author, life story accounts offer rich and important material for the study of the close link between linguistic structure and social processes. She offers evidence of the central need for coherence within the life story. Not only is the establishment of a chain of causality essential to make the account acceptable to the listener. We also experience a personal need for coherence within our life story.
She notes that as we offer our life stories we are enabled to be reflexive, to distance ourselves from the self in the narrative and thus to observe and safely critise our own behaviour.
An illuminating account for those interested in this area of study.
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