Frames of Understanding in Text and Discourse
Theoretical foundations and descriptive applications
How do words mean? What is the nature of meaning? How can we grasp a word’s meaning? The frame-semantic approach developed in this book offers some well-founded answers to such long-standing, but still controversial issues. Following Charles Fillmore’s definition of frames as both organizers of experience and tools for understanding, the monograph attempts to examine one of the most important concepts of Cognitive Linguistics in more detail. The point of departure is Fillmore’s conception of “frames of understanding” – an approach to (cognitive) semantics that Fillmore developed from 1975 to 1985. The envisaged Understanding Semantics (“U-Semantics”) is a semantic theory sui generis whose significance for linguistic research cannot be overestimated. In addition to its crucial role in the development of the theoretical foundations of U-semantics, corpus-based frame semantics can be applied fruitfully in the investigation of knowledge-building processes in text and discourse.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 48] 2014. xii, 428 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins
Table of Contents
Preface | pp. xi–xii
Introduction | pp. 1–4
1. Semantic interest in frames | pp. 5–48
2. Cognitive theory and semantic issues | pp. 49–98
3. The holistic paradigm | pp. 99–146
4. Semiotic issues | pp. 147–210
5. Frames as schemata | pp. 211–241
6. The structural constituents of frames | pp. 243–314
7. Frames in discourse: The FINANCIAL INVESTORS AS LOCUSTS metaphor | pp. 315–378
8. Conclusions and future research perspectives | pp. 379–386
Name index | pp. 421–422
Subject index | pp. 423–428
“In brief, anyone interested in metaphor in cross-cultural communication and/or methodological issues in metaphor research will find this book inspirational and valuable.”
Susan Nacey, Hedmark University College, in Metaphor and the Social World Vol. 4:2 (2014), pp. 299-306
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFG – Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General