GSE Faculty Research

Document Type

Conference Paper

Date of this Version

January 2001


Speech is multifunctional, both communicating denotational content and establishing interactional positions for interlocu-tors. In some cases, the denotational and interactional func-tions of speech interrelate and even depend on each other. This paper describes a type of speech event in which the interrela-tions between denotation and interaction are particularly sali-ent—autobiographical narratives in which the events described and the relationships enacted run parallel. Further study of such speech events promises to illuminate how the denota-tional and interactional functions of speech can sometimes contribute to each other.


Postprint version. This material is published in Theoretical Psychology: Critical Contributions - ISTP 2001, Niamh Stephenson, H. Lorraine Radtke, R. Jorna & H. J. Stam (Eds.), 2003, Captus Press Inc. To purchase the hardcopy of the book, please contact: Captus Press Inc., Units 14 & 15, 1600 Steeles Ave. W., Concord, Ontario, Canada L4K 4M2. Tel: 416-736-5537, Fax: 416-736-5793, Email:, Internet:, pages 258-266.



Date Posted: 01 May 2007