Textual Choices in Discourse

A view from cognitive linguistics

Editors
| University of British Columbia
| Radboud University Nijmegen
| University of Namur & University of Leuven
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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
Table of Contents
Introductory remarks
Barbara Dancygier, José Sanders and Lieven Vandelanotte
1–3
Illusions of simplicity: A cognitive approach to visual poetry
Mike Borkent
5–24
Alternativity in poetry and drama: Textual intersubjectivity and framing
Barbara Dancygier
25–44
Joint attention, To the Lighthouse, and modernist representations of intersubjectivity
Vera Tobin
45–62
‘Where am I, lurking in what place of vantage?’: The discourse of distance in John Banville’s fiction
Lieven Vandelanotte
63–85
Intertwined voices: Journalists’ modes of representing source information in journalistic subgenres
José Sanders
87–110
Unrealistic scenarios, metaphorical blends and rhetorical strategies across genres
Elena Semino
111–135
LIFE IS MUSIC: A case study of a novel metaphor and its use in discourse
Elżbieta Górska
137–155
Two puzzle pieces: Fitting discourse context and constructions into cognitive metaphor theory
Carol Lynn Moder
157–183
Textual choices in discourse: Emerging views from cognitive linguistics
Barbara Dancygier, José Sanders and Lieven Vandelanotte
185–191
Acknowledgements
193
Index
195–198
“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.”
“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.”
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Subjects

Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2012012722