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Shifting between third and first person points of view in EFL narratives

Shokouhi, Hossein, Daram, Mahmood and Sabah, Somayeh 2011, Shifting between third and first person points of view in EFL narratives, Arts and humanities in higher education, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 433-448, doi: 10.1177/1474022210386573.

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Title Shifting between third and first person points of view in EFL narratives
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hossein
Daram, Mahmood
Sabah, Somayeh
Journal name Arts and humanities in higher education
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 433
End page 448
Total pages 16
Publisher SAGE
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2011-10
ISSN 1474-0222
1741-265X
Keyword(s) aesthetic
critical
EFL learners
narrative
point of view
Summary This article reports on the difference between points of view in narrating a short story. The EFL learners taking part in the control group were required to recount the events from the third person perspective and the subjects in the experimental group from the first person perspective. The methodological frame of the study was based on Koven’s (2002) ‘content analysis’ of codification of various speaker role inhabitances, published in the Journal of Pragmatics. The results demonstrate that the first person narrators’ recall performance and the length of their stories are closer to the original version of the story than those of the other group, which indicates a specific ‘orientation’ towards the sequence of events. This was seen in the patterning of clauses as well as in authorial and interlocutory double voicing speech in the first person narrators, which may be justified by the enhancement of two components essential to literary engagement: namely, ‘aesthetic reading’ and ‘personal response’ as parts of ‘critical focalization’.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1474022210386573
Field of Research 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061520

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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