This chapter outlines an approach to genre as the driving force behind language, cognition, and communication. Genre can and has been studied in the humanities as well as the cognitive and social sciences, but the present chapter presents a theoretical integration of these approaches and offers a model that can be empirically investigated by various methods across the board of these disciplines. The model itself is based in cognitive psychology, and a number of possibilities and implications for text analysis are illustrated. Both the role of language itself as well as the connection with literature are included in the discussion in order to suggest how a complete picture can be achieved of the bi-directional traffic between cognitive science and the humanities.
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