Interdisciplinary Studies

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Themes play a central role in our everyday communication: we have to know what a text is about in order to understand it. Intended meaning cannot be understood without some knowledge of the underlying theme. This book helps to define the concept of ‘themes’ in texts and how they are structured in language use.
Much of the literature on Thematics is scattered over different disciplines (literature, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science), which this detailed collection pulls together in one coherent overview. The result is a new landmark for the study and understanding of themes in their everyday manifestation.
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Table of Contents
Max M. Louwerse and Willie van Peer
Part I. Structure and processing
Section 1. Theoretical approaches
1. Psychological and computational research on theme comprehension
Arthur C. Graesser, Victoria J. Pomeroy and Scotty D. Craig
2. Situation models and themes
Rolf A. Zwaan, Gabriel A. Radvansky and Shannon Whitten
3. Conditions of updating during reading
Herre van Oostendorp, José Otero and Juan Miguel Campanario
Section 2. Experimental and corpus linguistic approaches
4. Evaluation devices as a coordinating mechanism for story points
Yeshayahu Shen
5. Responding to style: Cohesion, foregrounding and thematic interpretation
Catherine Emmott
6. The definite article the as a cue to map thematic information
Morton Ann Gernsbacher and Rachel Robertson
7. Thematic management in Korean
Myung-Hee Kim
Section 3. Computational approaches
8. On the notions of theme and topic in psychological process models of text comprehension
Walter Kintsch
9. Themes and hierarchical structure of written texts
Élisabeth Le
10. Computational retrieval of themes
Max M. Louwerse
Part II. Contents and contexts
Section 1. Theoretical approaches
11. Thematics today
Werner Sollors
12. Seven trends in recent thematics and a case study
Bo Pettersson
13. Where do literary themes come from?
Willie van Peer
14. Motives and motifs in visual thematics
Georges Roque
Section 2. Interpretive approaches
15. Masking one’s themes: Irony and the politics of indirectness
Rachel Giora
16. Themes of nation
Mette Hjort
17. Tracking a theme: War in contemporary German literature
Horst S. Daemmrich
18. Why themes matter: Literary knowledge and the thematic example of money
Phillipp Wolf
Section 3. Computational approaches
19. Moving targets: The making and molding of a theme
Robert Hogenraad
20. Quantitative hermeneutics: Inferring the meaning of narratives from trends in their content
Colin Martindale and Alan N. West
21. Prototype effect vs. rarity effect in literary style
Paul A. Fortier
22. Parsing for the theme : A computer based approach
Jan Christoph Meister
Name index
Subject index
“"Thematics: Interdisciplinary Studies", edited by Max Louwerse and Willie van Peer, is obviously an essential book for academics from various disciplines concerned by thematics. The book is well balanced between theoretical and practical aspects. It also demonstrates clearly the importance of an interdisciplinary point of view to the study and analysis of thematics. Furthermore, it presents a good overview of the 'classical' perspective to the problem of thematics. It allows the reader to understand the importance and the complexity of the subject. Researchers concerned by the computational approach to thematic analysis will find in the section "Computational Approaches" very interesting methods of analysis endorsed by relevant experiments.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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