Hidden Stories in Monologues

Dariusz Kuncewicz, Dorota Kuncewicz


In this article, we present a procedure for isolating a hidden story from a monologue on an assigned topic. We define a hidden story as a story about the author's own life, accessible to the recipient of a monologue indirectly—by inference—on the basis of the rules of language use, verifiable in linguistics and literary theory. The procedure involves four stages: 1. preparing the recording and transcription of a monologue; 2. isolating and analyzing linguistically and/or narratively out-of-key elements in a monologue; 3. making a conclusion about hidden content on the basis of out-of-key elements and their contexts; 4. formulating a hidden story. We focus mainly on explaining the mechanisms of linguistic and narrative distinguishability of elements in a monologue, and describing, "step by step," consecutive stages of the procedure.


narratives; monologues; hidden stories; qualitative analysis; rules of speech

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17169/fqs-20.1.3005

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