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  1. Open and Closed Texts.William Hendricks - 1981 - Semiotica 35 (3/4):361-379.
    A discussion of Umberto Eco's notion of open and closed texts.
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  • Semiotics and Textual Autonomy.William Hendricks - 1989 - Semiotica 73 (3/4):303-338.
    This article examines Richard Bauman's conception of oral narrative as performance and argues instead for a view of narrative texts as autonomous entities, analyzable in language-internal Saussurian terms. Plot is viewed as a matter of syntagmatic relations, and character as a matter of paradigmatic relations. A contrast is drawn between narrative truth (cohesion) and historical truth (correspondence). Alternatives to some of Bauman's analyses of narrative texts are proposed.
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  • Discourse Analysis as a Semiotic Endeavor.William O. Hendricks - 1988 - Semiotica 72 (1-2):97-124.
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  • The Semiolinguistic Theory of Narrative Structures.William Hendricks - 1980 - In Gerald Guinness, Eduardo Forastieri-Braschi & Humberto L√≥pez Morales (eds.), On Text and Context: Methodological Approaches to the Contexts of Literature. San Juan, Puerto Rico: University of Puerto Rico Press. pp. 35-52.
    This article argues for basic similarities between folkloric and literary narratives. It deals with the relation between narrative structure and the constituent sentences of the narrative text and proposes an adaptation of Hjelmslev's notion of connotative semiotics to account for this. It also draws upon philosophy of action and Austin's 'A Plea for Excuses'.
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