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By Jennifer Coates

Males speak attracts on wealthy conversational fabric from a variety of contexts to light up our figuring out of fellows and masculinities on the flip of the millennium. attracts on wealthy conversational fabric to light up our realizing of fellows and masculinities on the flip of the millennium. Collects facts from a variety of conversations, together with storage mechanics on a holiday, carpenters on the pub after paintings, and collage teachers chatting after hours. specializes in tales, which take place inside all-male conversations. Makes a particular contribution to our realizing of the intersection of language and masculinity.

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Order of the events described in those clauses. These clauses constitute the heart of the story, the narrative core. The second is that a story must have a point; it must have tellability. A third feature of narrative which I have discussed at some length is that narrative can be defined in terms of a beginning, a middle and an end (the Aristotelian definition). While these features of conversational narrative are generalizable across speakers, it emerges that tellability is variable in nature.

Gary’s question refers to an incident Rob has talked about, when he accidentally damaged a neighbour’s wall. The question positions Rob as ‘a person who gets into scrapes’ (a role he plays up to in conversation with his friends, as the story ‘The Area Manager’s Call’ demonstrates) and means that if he is to take up Gary’s invitation to the conversational floor, he has to produce a story which matches the ‘accidental demolishing of houses’ scenario. ) (12) Extract from The Pornographic Video 1 you not been demolishing houses recently?

The opening of ‘The Area Manager’s Call’ involves several nonnarrative clauses which give important background information (lines 4–8 are given in (2b) below): (2b) 4 just . we got this bloke at our place that’s called John 5 and his days off on a Tuesday 6 and I answered the phone 7 it was the ex-D line 8 so it’s li- like staff phoning in Line 6 is the only narrative clause here, with the simple past tense verb answered. The verbs in the other clauses are (have) got, is called, is, was, is, phoning.

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