Textual Choices in Discourse
A view from cognitive linguistics
In recent years, research in cognitive linguistics has expanded its interests to cover a variety of texts – spoken, written, or multimodal. Analytical tools such as conceptual metaphor, frame semantics, mental spaces and grammatical constructions have been productively applied in various discourse contexts. In this volume, originally published as a special issue of English Text Construction 3:2 (2010), the contributors, a mix of established and emerging authors in the field, analyse broadcast and print journalism, argumentative scientific discourse, radio lectures on music, and the main literary genres (the poetry of Szymborska and bpNichol, the drama of Shakespeare, the modernist prose of Virginia Woolf and recent fiction by John Banville). Collectively the findings suggest a need to broaden and refine the cognitive linguistic repertoire, while also uncovering new ways to interpret textual data. The book will appeal to researchers and graduate students with interests in cognitive poetics and linguistics, stylistics, pragmatics and construction grammar.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 40] 2012. v, 198 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Introductory remarksBarbara Dancygier, José Sanders and Lieven Vandelanotte | pp. 1–3
Illusions of simplicity: A cognitive approach to visual poetryMike Borkent | pp. 5–24
Alternativity in poetry and drama: Textual intersubjectivity and framingBarbara Dancygier | pp. 25–44
Joint attention, To the Lighthouse, and modernist representations of intersubjectivityVera Tobin | pp. 45–62
‘Where am I, lurking in what place of vantage?’: The discourse of distance in John Banville’s fictionLieven Vandelanotte | pp. 63–85
Intertwined voices: Journalists’ modes of representing source information in journalistic subgenresJosé Sanders | pp. 87–110
Unrealistic scenarios, metaphorical blends and rhetorical strategies across genresElena Semino | pp. 111–135
LIFE IS MUSIC: A case study of a novel metaphor and its use in discourseElżbieta Górska | pp. 137–155
Two puzzle pieces: Fitting discourse context and constructions into cognitive metaphor theoryCarol Lynn Moder | pp. 157–183
Textual choices in discourse: Emerging views from cognitive linguisticsBarbara Dancygier, José Sanders and Lieven Vandelanotte | pp. 185–191
“This innovative volume provides a wealth of illuminating insights into how to apply cognitive linguistic theories to many different discourse genres. The editors have strong reputations in this area and bring together an impressive array of articles from well-known and emerging authors. This valuable collection is full of thought-provoking and challenging ideas, covering an exceptionally wide range of text types including poetry, drama, narrative, print and radio journalism, popular science, political writing and lectures.”
Catherine Emmott, University of Glasgow
“This collection succeeds in achieving its goal of offering ‘a better understanding of genre differences’ and ‘a clearer appreciation of the applicability of the cognitive framework now in use’ (185). On the one hand, it opens a new window to discourse genres from the perspective of CL, either by proposing a unified model (e.g. Mike Borkent’s article), or by borrowing notions that are considered to belong to a broadly conceived CL (e.g. joint attention). On the other hand, it contributes to CL by ‘expanding the range of facts to be explained’ and making CL reach ‘beyond the traditionally conceived boundaries of linguistic inquiry’ (1). Moreover, some researchers pose new challenges for CL. For instance, Dancygier argues that poetic discourse challenges some claims of constructional grammar (40), and Semino warns that blending theory needs to pay greater attention to interpretative variability and genre differences (112). Overall, this book shows the cross-fertilization between CL and discourse analysis, and is a great resource for anyone interested in these areas.”
Zhen-qiang Fan, Zhejiang Gongshang University, on e-Language, 19 June 2013
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2020. Introduction. In The Language of Crisis [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 87], ► pp. 1 ff.
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Literature & Literary Studies
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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General