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Year 2021, Volume 3, Issue 2, 386 - 394, 29.12.2021

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References

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Violation of Grice’s Maxims and its Effect on the Conversational Structure and Plot Development of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go

Year 2021, Volume 3, Issue 2, 386 - 394, 29.12.2021

Abstract

The goal of this article is to analyze Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go (2005) from the perspective of a combined linguistic analysis made up of stylistics, narration and pragmatics. Herbert Paul Grice’s cooperative principle is used in order to illustrate the crucial features of the narrative style of the novel and account for its conversational structure and plot development. After a literature review, the basic notions of Jenny Thomas’s “meaning in interaction” concept and Grice’s cooperative principle are applied on the selected extracts from the novel. Several reviewers’ analyses are given for a comprehension of the effects of the violation of Grice’s maxims. The narrative style of the novel, violation of Grice’s maxims and its effect on the novel’s dramatic structure are shown how the novel is introduced, constructed with complications, and then revealed. The lack of maxims manipulates readers’ expectations through presentation, especially by spinning a net of loss of interaction and withholding certain information. Using Grice’s principle on the conversations that make up the complications in the story, the study illustrates that the foreshadowing strategy of Ishiguro is made possible through the violation of Grice’s conversational maxims. As a conclusion, eliminating context from the conversations in the plot structure is found to be an indispensable and complementary tool for Ishiguro’s narrative elegance.

References

  • Barrow, A. (2005, February 25). Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro: Artist of a floating world. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/never-let-me-go-by-kazuo-ishiguro-746328.html
  • Corder, S. P. (1981). Error analysis and interlanguage. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Deb, S. (2005, March 7). Lost corner. Newstatesman. https://www.newstatesman.com/node/161666
  • Dyer, G. (2005, February 27). Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Independent. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/never-let-me-go-by-kazuo-ishiguro-746712.html
  • Grice, P. (1975). Logic and conversation. In P. Cole & J. Morgan (Eds.). Syntax and semantics (pp. 41–58). New York: Academic Press.
  • Hensher, P. (2005, February 26). School for scandal. The Spectator. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/school-for-scandal
  • Ishiguro, K. (2005). Never Let Me Go. London: Faber and Faber.
  • Kakutani, M. (2005, April 4). Sealed in a world that’s not as it seems. The New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9503EEDD1E3FF937A35757C0A9639C8B63
  • Kemp, P. (2005, February 20). Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Sunday Times. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/never-let-me-go-by-kazuo-ishiguro-0v9mbp99jmh
  • Menand, L. (2005, March 20). Something about Kathy: Ishiguro’s quasi-science-fiction novel. The New Yorker. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2005/03/28/something-about-kathy
  • O’Neil, J. (2005, May). Finds and flops. The Atlantic Magazine. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2005/05/new-fiction/303918/
  • Ryan, M. L. (1991). Possible worlds, artificial intelligence and narrative theory. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Semino, E. (2005). Possible worlds: stylistics applications. In K. Brown (Eds.), Elsevier Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics (pp. 777-782). Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/00534-4
  • The Economist. (2005, March 19). Organ failure. The Economist. https://www.economist.com/books-and-arts/2005/03/17/organ-failure
  • Thomas, J. (1995). Meaning in interaction: An introduction to pragmatics. London: Longman. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315842011
  • Wilensky, R. (1983). Story grammars versus story points. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 6(4), 579-591. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X00017520
  • Yardley, J. (2005, April 17). Never Let Me Go. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A54996-2005Apr14.html

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Primary Language English
Subjects Language and Linguistics, Literature
Journal Section Articles
Authors

Mustafa CANLI> (Primary Author)
KARABÜK ÜNİVERSİTESİ
0000-0001-5234-3687
Türkiye

Publication Date December 29, 2021
Published in Issue Year 2021, Volume 3, Issue 2

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APA Canlı, M. (2021). Violation of Grice’s Maxims and its Effect on the Conversational Structure and Plot Development of Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go . Eurasian Journal of English Language and Literature , 3 (2) , 386-394 . Retrieved from https://dergipark.org.tr/en/pub/jell/issue/67448/900709