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Stories that are highly tellable also tend to be mobile, passed from person to person on the street, even from city to city; they may signal relationships to storytellers and main characters: "my buddy tells this great story about _____." Stories can take on a life of their own, changing as they circulate from teller to teller:
Thus a story that recounts the violation of this 'canon' is tellable. Although it is not really useful to say it here, Adebayor's own account of this story is different, and actually represents members of his extended family as violating the social canon of teamwork and responsible lifestyle.
There are many anthologies of global 'tellable' tales but they rarely if ever include Australian stories.
It is exactly this quality of "tellability" that leads Wimpfheimer to question these narratives' historical origins, since the more "tellable" a story, the more likely that an author or editor added specific elements to achieve exactly that quality.
The storyteller startup book: Finding, learning, performing, and using folktales including 12 tellable tales.
Finally, End Zone challenges the larger assumption of any writing about sport: that sport is both knowable and tellable. We watch and participate in games decided by tangible scores, measured by innings, periods, and time clocks, that leave behind lists of statistics measuring each performance.
These rules include understandings of whose turn it is to speak, and what it is that may be appropriate to speak about; 'telling a story' is therefore reliant on context because what may be 'tellable' in one conversation may not be appropriate in another (Lerner, 1992; Liddicoat, 2011; Sacks, 1995).
The multiple degrees of separation involved in this story imply that this violation possessed a high degree of cultural salience and that this particular incident was highly tellable.
A tellable story is imprinted onto the tangled mess of what is remembered and what is forgotten.
The stories are readable, tellable, and a breath of fresh air for state studies and for just plain storytelling.
Tellable narratives (narratives that seem worth telling) "place an accent on unexpected or noncanonical events--events that disrupt the normal order of things for human or human-like agents engaged in goal-directed activities" (133).
Her memoir belongs to the type that maintains an ongoing tension between the concealed and the revealed, the guilt of the mother who feels she has abandoned her child and to preserve her defenses has created a tellable tale (in 1981, the same year Stark's book was published, Isabelle Vital-Tihany published La Vie sauve about how she survived in Budapest in 1944-45).
William Labov (371), who is usually referred to as having coined the concept, stated that in reportable or tellable narratives "the events involved [are] truly dangerous and unusual....
(28) The affinities between the vocal and the musical are underscored while gesturing to the autobiographical narrative in a reflective mode, especially when the text simultaneously records the Algerian women's tellable histories.
The mind-reading successes of everyday life fall into the background of novels, while the failures are news or, as Mary Louise Pratt describes them, "tellable" (136).