RUNS IN FOLKTALES AND THE DYNAMICS OF TURKISH RUNS - A CASE-STUDY

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1993-01-01
Runs are inherent to Turkish folktales, as they are to folktales of certain other cultures. They are traditionally accepted forms, and useful compositional devices that function as bridges between the world of the tale and the world of everyday reality. This study attempts to demonstrate the dynamics of runs through an examination of the stylistic techniques that narrators employ, showing in particular how surface morphology and syntax help narrators to encode the traditional function and the meaning of runs. It argues that there are also extralinguistic factors contributing to the dynamics of runs, namely the common cultural background of the narrator and the audience, and suggests that runs act as cognitive signals for the audience to activate its previously acquired knowledge of the folktale world. The analysis tries to show that runs are not used merely for their compositional utility and do not restrict the narrator, but are effective means by which the narrator can manipulate the audience's outlook on the tale.

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D. Zeyrek Bozşahin, “RUNS IN FOLKTALES AND THE DYNAMICS OF TURKISH RUNS - A CASE-STUDY,” ASIAN FOLKLORE STUDIES, vol. 52, no. 1, pp. 161–175, 1993, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/32357.