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What is a narrative discourse?



A narrative discourse is a discourse that is an account of events, usually in the past, that employs verbs of speech, motion, and action to describe a series of events that are contingent one on another, and that typically focuses on one or more performers of actions.

  • Events are organized chronologically.
  • First or third person pronoun forms are used.
  • The text is oriented around a specific agent or agents.
  • Folk stories

    • Stories about real or imagined ancestors, often containing supernatural elements
  • Historical events

    • Stories or accounts about the social and political history of the world and its contacts with the rest of the world
  • Mythology

    • Stories explaining origins, natural phenomena, or social and religious customs, often involving the supernatural
  • Personal experience

    • Accounts of significant events in the life of the narrator or the community
  • Exposition or setting
  • Inciting moment
  • Developing conflict
  • Climax
  • Denouement
  • Final suspense
  • Conclusion
  A narrative discourse is a kind of

Longacre 1990 2


Larson 1984 366–367


Longacre 1983 3, 5

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