Narratives of racial discrimination can be organized through the utterance of an insult - overt discrimination - or through the interpretation that an action was motivated by prejudice - covert discrimination. One of the characteristics of these two types of narratives is the description and demonstration of the voices of those characters playing the roles of victim and perpetrator of discrimination. This article examines the role of reported speech to the construction of specific positions within four oral narratives, collected in Portuguese, in Northeast Brazil. Considering that every discourse is dialogic and intertextual, this study analyzes the forms of transmission of another’s voices, how these enable the narrators to construct positions defined in the story-world and to transmit ideas about the authorprotagonist and about the other. Through a linguistic analysis of narratives describing a social problem this article contributes to fill in the gap in the studies on language and race/racism.
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