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Connections That Open Up: Coordination and Causality in Folktales

Joyce Goldenstern
Marvels & Tales
Vol. 15, No. 1 (2001), pp. 27-41
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41388578
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

This article explores the use of conjunctions and abverbials in the East Anglican oral tale, "Tom Tit Tot." Specifically, the use and meanings of "well," "and," and "so" are explored, and the absence of the conjunction "because" is considered. Then the differences in coordination between oral and printed tales (specifically several Grimm tales) is commented upon. The author concludes that coordination in tales often marks causality in implicit and ambiguous ways rather than in explicit and precise ways, thus "opening up" the tales, allowing them room for various interpretations and modes of development.

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