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Vítimas e perpetradores: Discurso reportado e identidade em narrativas de discriminação racial

Authors
  • Flannery, Mércia S.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics
Publisher
De Gruyter Mouton
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2008
Volume
1
Issue
1
Pages
33–54
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/shll-2008-1005
Source
De Gruyter
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Abstract

Narratives of racial discrimination can be organized through the utterance of an insult - overt discrimination - or through the interpretation that an action was motivated by prejudice - covert discrimination. One of the characteristics of these two types of narratives is the description and demonstration of the voices of those characters playing the roles of victim and perpetrator of discrimination. This article examines the role of reported speech to the construction of specific positions within four oral narratives, collected in Portuguese, in Northeast Brazil. Considering that every discourse is dialogic and intertextual, this study analyzes the forms of transmission of another’s voices, how these enable the narrators to construct positions defined in the story-world and to transmit ideas about the authorprotagonist and about the other. Through a linguistic analysis of narratives describing a social problem this article contributes to fill in the gap in the studies on language and race/racism.

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