The poetics of recapitulative linkage in Matsigenka and mixed Matsigenka-Spanish myth narrations

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In a small community in the Andean-Amazonian transitional zone of Southern Peru, speakers of Matsigenka use recapitulative linkages in myth narrations. These constructions establish a kind of rhythm, distinctive to the myth narration discourse genre, through which the events of the narrative unfold, information is introduced and elaborated, and suspense and surprise are achieved. This chapter describes the structural and discursive properties of these linking devices and their use in myth narrations. Bridging clauses generally recapitulate reference clauses verbatim or with minor modifications, and are usually linked to discourse-new information as simple juxtaposed clauses (though there is much variation in the structure and pragmatic functions of these constructions). Though the constructions contribute to discourse cohesion, their function is primarily poetic in nature. Furthermore, when Matsigenka speakers narrate the same myths in Spanish and in mixed Matsigenka-Spanish speech, they use the same kinds of linking constructions (which are otherwise uncommon in Spanish). Thus, the transfer of this kind of pattern from Matsigenka to Spanish is regimented by discourse genre, and offers an illustration of the cultural (i.e., metapragmatic) mediation of \isi{language contact

Originele taal-2English
TitelBridging constructions
RedacteurenValérie Guérin
Plaats van productieBerlin
UitgeverijLanguage Science Press
Hoofdstuk2
Pagina's45–77
Aantal pagina's33
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-96110-141-2
DOI's
StatusPublished - 2019
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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