What happens when we read a narrative text?
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This chapter describes narrative structure primarily in terms of its reception, using eclectically what help from other areas the explanations of the reading performance demand. It also describes more complex aspects of the reading act. In written discourse, and especially in fictional narrative where the total speech situation is highly artificial, the reader is called upon to perform complex tasks of interpretative construction before narrative meaning can be adequately established. Verbal narrative is characterized by an additive structure of signs, while non-verbal, e.g., iconic, narrative relies on the transformation of an initial configuration. Two fundamentally different transformations are performed when we read a fictional text: a propositional transformation and a concretizing transformation. To read a story is to construct the double vision of presentational process and presented world, as perceptive performance of any narrative text. The detailed construction of the presentational process by the reader is in any narrative.