Video-glossary : Tale
Questions related to the characteristics of representation in space are particularly visible in the narration of tales. It is important that the narrator pay close attention to “overall being.” The narrator places him/herself in the story and is hence a real observer of the plot. The characters are literally right in front of the auditors. The teller is not, however, an omniscient narrator. He does not know the thoughts of characters. He can only guess at them. This is why Quechua contains a large number of modal suffixes, which qualify the information conveyed. When the teller wants to speak about what a character thinks, he can only do so by using a specific modal suffix. In doing this, he adopts a very subjective viewpoint: he is an onlooker, an observer of the plot. The narrator’s role is hence very different from the one used in the European oral tradition.