In a recent paper Michael Walsh (in press) took the importance of co-construction to be one of ten ways in which traditional Aboriginal narratives differed from Anglo narratives. As an example of co-construction the present paper presents a story from the Koko-Bera language (western Cape York Peninsula, Australia) that differs from other known Australian Aboriginal examples in the way it was jointly delivered by two narrators, a matter I refer to as co-narration. This text is also interesting in that it purports to be a historical account of how a paternal uncle of the narrators married into a family of giants who lived offshore in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and there is in fact some supporting historical evidence of at least one man of exceptional stature living along that coast at about that time.
|Title of host publication||Indigenous language and social identity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Papers in honour of Michael Walsh|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT, Australia|
|Publisher||Pacific Linguistics / ANU|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
Black, P. (2010). Co-narration of a Koko-Bera story: Giants in Cape York Peninsula. In Indigenous language and social identity: Papers in honour of Michael Walsh (pp. 261-274). Pacific Linguistics / ANU.