Chapter published in:Empirical Studies of the Construction of Discourse
Edited by Óscar Loureda, Inés Recio Fernández, Laura Nadal and Adriana Cruz
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 305] 2019
► pp. 273–298
Chapter 10Subjectivity and Causality in discourse and cognition
Evidence from corpus analyses, acquisition and processing
Cognitively oriented linguists have various linguistic resources at their disposal, and therefore need to develop methodological strategies of when to use which method. This chapter illustrates the benefits of using converging evidence. We review research results from several methodologies, including the use of corpus-based, acquisition and processing data, in order to illustrate what kinds of insights this brings at the level of discourse. The results suggest that Causality and Subjectivity are two basic cognitive notions that organize our knowledge of coherence relations. They help us explain the system and use of causal relations and their linguistic expressions in everyday language use, and they account for discourse processing and representation, as well as the acquisition order of connectives.
Keywords: Causality, coherence relations, connectives, converging evidence, corpus-based research, discourse, language acquisition, discourse processing, language use, Subjectivity
- 1.Discourse, coherence and subjectivity
- 2.Subjectivity in written language use
- 2.1How Subjectivity defines categories of Dutch causal connectives
- 2.2How Subjectivity is relevant cross-linguistically
- 3.Subjectivity in other types of language use
- 3.1Connectives in corpora of language use
- 3.2Subjectivity in spoken language
- 4.Subjectivity in the processing of coherence relations
- 5.Subjectivity in language development
- 6.Conclusion and future developments
Published online: 06 August 2019
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