15.9 Stories as Relational Networks

Common Language Units

Larger units of language can be analyzed as relational networks, too. The context of storytelling, for example, indicates a larger relational network that typically includes related elements such as a beginning, middle, and end. To most people, the words beginning this story would be a complete sentence, but an incomplete story. This is because all of the related elements typically included in the larger relational network of a story are not presented. A middle and end are not provided, so most people would not consider this a story.

Once upon a time, there was a king who went on a quest to find a magical ring.

A diagram illustrating the relational networks in stories.
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