Using a new model for the classification of types of readings, this book shows how to read, analyze and interpret life story materials. The authors introduce four models: holistic-content reading; holistic-form reading; categorical-content reading; and categorical-form reading. They present two complete narratives so that readers can compare the authors' interpretations against the actual text as well as analyze the stories on their own. The subsequent chapters provide readings, interpretations and analyses of the narrative data from the models.
In this chapter, the use of categorical-form analysis to examine oral narrative will be demonstrated with two examples. The purpose of the analysis is to learn something about the speaker that might not have been apparent from examination of content alone. The chapter opens with a detailed example demonstrating how ...