This book introduces 'performed' oral storytelling into the debate, using data from traditional and contemporary storytellers in French to explore the narrative tenses, the discourse-pragmatic effects of tense switching, as well as broader questions concerning the nature of oral discourse.
Introduction 1. Theoretical and Methodological Preliminaries 2. The Narrative Line: Models, Patterns, Systems 3. Tense-Switching on the Narrative Line 4. Structures between Narrative Clauses 5. Conclusions and Further Questions