Textual Choices in Discourse

A view from cognitive linguistics

Barbara Dancygier | University of British Columbia
ORCID logoJosé Sanders | Radboud University Nijmegen
ORCID logoLieven Vandelanotte | University of Namur & University of Leuven
ISBN 9789027202598 | EUR 85.00 | USD 128.00
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In recent years, research in cognitive linguistics has expanded its interests to cover a variety of texts – spoken, written, or multimodal. Analytical tools such as conceptual metaphor, frame semantics, mental spaces and grammatical constructions have been productively applied in various discourse contexts. In this volume, originally published as a special issue of English Text Construction 3:2 (2010), the contributors, a mix of established and emerging authors in the field, analyse broadcast and print journalism, argumentative scientific discourse, radio lectures on music, and the main literary genres (the poetry of Szymborska and bpNichol, the drama of Shakespeare, the modernist prose of Virginia Woolf and recent fiction by John Banville). Collectively the findings suggest a need to broaden and refine the cognitive linguistic repertoire, while also uncovering new ways to interpret textual data. The book will appeal to researchers and graduate students with interests in cognitive poetics and linguistics, stylistics, pragmatics and construction grammar.
[Benjamins Current Topics, 40] 2012.  v, 198 pp.
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“This innovative volume provides a wealth of illuminating insights into how to apply cognitive linguistic theories to many different discourse genres. The editors have strong reputations in this area and bring together an impressive array of articles from well-known and emerging authors. This valuable collection is full of thought-provoking and challenging ideas, covering an exceptionally wide range of text types including poetry, drama, narrative, print and radio journalism, popular science, political writing and lectures.”
“This collection succeeds in achieving its goal of offering ‘a better understanding of genre differences’ and ‘a clearer appreciation of the applicability of the cognitive framework now in use’ (185). On the one hand, it opens a new window to discourse genres from the perspective of CL, either by proposing a unified model (e.g. Mike Borkent’s article), or by borrowing notions that are considered to belong to a broadly conceived CL (e.g. joint attention). On the other hand, it contributes to CL by ‘expanding the range of facts to be explained’ and making CL reach ‘beyond the traditionally conceived boundaries of linguistic inquiry’ (1). Moreover, some researchers pose new challenges for CL. For instance, Dancygier argues that poetic discourse challenges some claims of constructional grammar (40), and Semino warns that blending theory needs to pay greater attention to interpretative variability and genre differences (112). Overall, this book shows the cross-fertilization between CL and discourse analysis, and is a great resource for anyone interested in these areas.”
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Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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