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LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF THREE GUJARATI FOLKTALES (INDIA)


1983 1983

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This study represents an attempt to place linguistic analysis in the cultural setting. The linguistic aspect of this study is presented in the framework of discourse grammar following the model developed by Longacre (1976, 1983). Three Gujarati folktales are analyzed for their overall discourse structure, for their verb and sentence structure and relative importance of information in narrative discourse, and for the participant reference. A distinction is made between participant oriented narrative and event oriented narrative.

In the analysis of the cultural setting the models of Levi-Strauss (1963, 1967, 1969, etc.) and Bastien (1978) are followed. In this section, on the basis of the binary oppositions found in the structure of the three folktales as seen in the participants and events, it is demonstrated that there is organized hierarchical structure at every phase of Hindu society.

In the last chapter an attempt is made to correlate the linguistic structure of the texts with the cultural information. This is done mainly in two areas: participant reference in the narratives and overall narrative structure. It is shown that the cultural information, the message presented in a folktale and the structure of a narrative are interrelated. Satisfactory analysis of the narrative structure is not possible purely on linguistic basis. Linguistic analysis needs an added perspective into deeper level, more abstract level, to relate the language to society and to culture of which it is a part.

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Subject
Linguistics
Classification
0290: Linguistics
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL ANALYSIS OF THREE GUJARATI FOLKTALES (INDIA)
Author
CHRISTIAN, IMANUEL GULABBHAI
Number of pages
388
Publication year
1983
Degree date
1983
School code
2502
Source
DAI-A 44/07, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
The University of Texas at Arlington
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8325709
ProQuest document ID
303328304
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303328304
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