The Conversation Frame

Forms and functions of fictive interaction

ORCID logoEsther Pascual | Zhejiang University
ISBN 9789027246714 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266507 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This edited volume brings together the latest research on fictive interaction, that is the use of the frame of ordinary conversation as a means to structure cognition (talking to oneself), discourse (monologues organized as dialogues), and grammar (“why me? attitude”). This follows prior work on the subject by Esther Pascual and other authors, most of whom are also contributors to this volume. The 17 chapters in the volume explore fictive interaction as a fundamental cognitive phenomenon, as a ubiquitous discourse-structuring device, as a possibly universal linguistic construction, and as an effective communicative strategy in persuasion and language pathology. The data discussed involve a wide variety of unrelated languages (spoken and signed) and modes of communication (oral, written, visual), across cultural contexts and historical time.
The research presented combines linguistics and cognitive science, while bridging the gap between core grammatical studies and modern conversation and discourse analysis. The volume further reaches across what may be the most basic divide in linguistics: that between descriptive, theoretical, and applied linguistics.
[Human Cognitive Processing, 55] 2016.  xi, 384 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This collection is informative, insightful, and impressive for the variety of phenomena considered. It shows convincingly that fictive interaction is surprisingly pervasive in view of being so little studied. Its diverse manifestations leave no doubt that the conversational frame has a fundamental role in the organization of language and discourse.”
“Fictive Interaction has become an indispensable tool in linguistic analysis. This volume not only confirms its value, but also shows all its strength through a range of varied and informative examples. It’s a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in the conceptual power and versatility of the conversation frame.”
“This is a wonderfully timely volume. Meaning construction being a joint, intersubjective enterprise, this collection extends the insight that the structure of this enterprise the conversation frame underlies several features of human cognition and communication to new domains, including clinical phenomena, historical texts, and the processing of visual art, to name just a few. It sets an exciting new research agenda across the humanities and the cognitive sciences.”
“Intersubjectivity is typically considered an interactional phenomenon by dialogists, a mental phenomenon by cognitive linguists, and a social phenomenon by structuralists. A major contribution of The Conversational Frame is that it shows how these perspectives can be integrated by exploring different, more or less sedimented forms of “fictive interaction”.”
“All in all, the studies comprised in The Conversation frame. Forms and functions of fictive interaction certainly represent a big step forward in investigating how fictive interaction can be explored in a number of domains. It may provide food for thought for someone who is exposed to this field for the first time and will definitely appeal to most specialists in the language and cognitive sciences.”
“In sum, with its unified theoretical framework, well-formulated hypotheses, adequate argumentation and approachable writing style, The conversation frame is an essential resource for researchers familiar with the theory of fictive interaction and a useful reference for those working on Cognitive Linguistics, Interactional Linguistics, Discourse Analysis, or theoretical linguistics in general. Research on fictive interaction has rapidly gained ground in both its theoretical framework and applications, and is acquiring increasing significance within linguistics. The phenomenon should thus be impossible to be ignored by all language researchers committed to exploring the very nature of language.”
“In sum, this well-structured volume discusses a ubiquitous phenomenon, fictive interaction, covering a variety of unrelated languages and modes of communication, across cultural contexts and historical time, which thus makes it suitable for a large range of readers from different (sub)fields. [...] The research in this edited volume combines linguistics and cognition, bridging the gap between core linguistic studies and modern conversation and discourse analysis. With interesting examples discussed (such as comics and artists’ descriptions), this fine publication will be interesting to a general public, including those not studying linguistics.”
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2021. Fictive Deixis, Direct Discourse, and Viewpoint Networks. Frontiers in Communication 6 DOI logo
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2017. When “Goal!” means ‘soccer’. Pragmatics & Cognition 24:3  pp. 315 ff. DOI logo
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2018. The‘listen to characters thinking’novel. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 16:2  pp. 399 ff. DOI logo
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2023. Discurso direto fictivo. Cadernos de Estudos Linguísticos 65  pp. e023003 ff. DOI logo
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2019. In the beginning there was conversation. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)  pp. 250 ff. DOI logo
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2021. Catchy and conversational? A register analysis of pop lyrics. Corpora 16:2  pp. 237 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Debate with zhuangzi. Pragmatics. Quarterly Publication of the International Pragmatics Association (IPrA)  pp. 137 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Who’s speaking for whom?. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 23:1  pp. 29 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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