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Storytelling in conversation

How and when do people take opportunities to talk in a longer way about their experiences, and how do others receive such accounts?  

This subproject considers the stories which are told as part of conversational interaction. Storytelling is a fundamental and universal activity among human populations, although many observations have been made about culturally specific styles of storytelling. Stories that arise within ongoing conversation are usually occasioned by what has occurred previously in the sequence of turns making up the conversation, and they may have different characteristics from what we think of as “stories” in isolation, prototypically self-contained and complete mythological or fictional tales. We will consider such questions as when and how people take the opportunity to talk in an extended fashion about their experiences or those of others, and how such accounts are received by others participating in the conversation. This subproject relates closely to the subproject on knowledge management, through the concept of rights to tell stories.