Process, Image, and Meaning

A realistic model of the meaning of sentences and narrative texts

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The general topic of this book is the development of a “realistic” model of meaning; it has to account for the ecological basis of meaning in perception, action, and interaction, and is realistic in the sense of “scientific realism”, i.e. it is based on the most successful paradigm of modern science: dynamical systems theory.
In Part One a model of sentences is put forward. The first chapter outlines the philosophical background of a theory of meaning. Chapter 2 gives a very short summary of recent proposals for a semantic model which considers image-like schemata. In Chapter 3 a realistic model of valence and basic predication is developed in detail. Chapter 4 treats multistability in meaning and the application of chaos theory and dissipative structures in semantics. Chapter 5 outlines the global framework of a stratified universe of meanings, and Chapter 6 prepares the way for Part Two: the analysis of narrative texts. Oral narratives of personal experience are the prototypical form in which experienced events are organized with the aim of remaking a piece of reality. In Chapter 7 a discrete grammar based on vectorial schemata is developed. Chapters 8 and 9 elaborate the “syntax of narratives” in Chapter 7. Chapter 10 progress to conversational dynamics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 31]  1994.  xii, 281 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
v
Table of Contents
vii
Prologue
xi
The Meaning of Sentences
1
Meaning and Reality
3
A Critical Review of some proposals for a semantics using image- and process-schemata
29
Process and image schemata in the lexicon and in basic syntax
45
Multistability, chaos and dissipative structures in meaning
85
Global Representational spaces
125
Between sentences and narrative texts
143
The Meaning of Oral Narratives
Narrative Analyisis and an Imaginistic Syntax of Texts
155
The Semantic Interpretation of Imaginistic Syntax
209
Information based analysis of textual dynamics
221
Conversational dynamics and the Pragmatics of Narratives
239
Epilogue
247
Notes
249
Bibliography
255
Name Index
270
Subject Index
274
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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