Aspects of Aboriginal English oral discourse: an application of cultural schema theory
Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences
School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
This article examines how cultural schema theory has been employed to explore some aspects of Aboriginal English oral discourse. The merit of this approach lies in the explanatory tools provided by cultural schema theory in accounting for those features of oral discourse in Aboriginal English which are distinctive and which often impair its lucidity to non-Aboriginal speakers. In particular, we have focused on the exploration of (a) recurrent semantic and formal patterning across a large body of narratives, (b) evidence of speakers' use of indigenous schemas in associative responses as well as in processing oral narrative, and (c) schema maintenance in discourse in non-traditional settings and in the context of non-traditional subjects.