|The Clause||Structural Type|
|And how bout the particular field?||Abstract furnished by interviewer's request|
|That was more or less and accident.||Evaluation of entire narrative|
|Uh, I started out in Renaissance studies,||Orientation|
|but I didn't like any of the people I was working with,||Orientation/Evaluation|
|and at first I thought I would just leave Y
and go to another university
|Narrative (main verb "thought")|
|uh but a medievalist at Y university asked me
to stay or at least reconsider whether I should
leave or not,
|Narrative (main verb "asked")|
|and um pointed out to me that I had done very
well in the medieval course that I took with
him and that I seemed to like it,
|Narrative (main verb "pointed out"). Absence of |
subject indicates that the verb is closely tied to
the previous verb, and may be simultaneous with it.
Also Evaluation of speaker's university career.
|and he was right.||Evaluation|
|And he suggested that I switch fields
and stay at Y.
|Narrative (main verb "suggested")|
|And that's how I got into medieval literature.||Coda: summarizes the narrative and marks its end|
This is a relatively simple and undramatic example of a narrative of personal experience, but its formal structure is quite clear and should serve to indicate what a narrative looks like, what its parts are, and how they fit together.
After Life Stories: The Creation of Coherence, by Charlotte Linde, Oxford, 1993, page 84.