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At Home and in the FieldEthnographic Encounters in Asia and the Pacific Islands$
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Suzanne S. Finney, Mary Mostafanezhad, Guido Carlo Pigliasco, and Forrest Wade Young

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780824847593

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824847593.001.0001

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Shóón Pakin, sóóu tittilap

Shóón Pakin, sóóu tittilap

Researching Narrative Discourse in Micronesia

(p.87) Shóón Pakin, sóóu tittilap
At Home and in the Field

Emerson Lopez Odango

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter documents and reflects on some of the cultural significance of discourse markers in kapsen Mwoshulók (Mortlockese) storytelling (tittilap) at Pakin Atoll of the Federated States of Micronesia. It shows how fieldwork on tittilap cannot merely be accomplished by using a voice recorder alone. Discourse analysis provides the tools for understanding how speakers of a language both access bodies of knowledge (such as abstract grammatical patterns and generalizations based on previous conversations) and create and interpret new instances of that knowledge, and “discourse” in this case refers to the intricate nuances of the tittilap. A grammatical technique of particular interest in the tittilap are its use of discourse markers, which are the words used to move talk along, whose meaning heavily depends on the context around them.

Keywords:   tittilap, discourse markers, discourse analysis, narrative discourse, Mortlockese storytelling, Pakin Atoll, Federated States of Micronesia, grammar

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