Cognitive Stylistics

Language and cognition in text analysis

ORCID logoElena Semino | Lancaster University
ORCID logoJonathan Culpeper | Lancaster University
ISBN 9789027233318 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781588112996 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027233325 (Eur) | EUR 36.00
ISBN 9781588113009 (USA) | USD 54.00
ISBN 9789027296269 | EUR 110.00/36.00*
| USD 165.00/54.00*
Google Play logo
This book represents the state of the art in cognitive stylistics a rapidly expanding field at the interface between linguistics, literary studies and cognitive science. The twelve chapters combine linguistic analysis with insights from cognitive psychology and cognitive linguistics in order to arrive at innovative accounts of a range of literary and textual phenomena. The chapters cover a variety of literary texts, periods, and genres, including poetry, fictional and non-fictional narratives, and plays. Some of the chapters provide new approaches to phenomena that have a long tradition in literary and linguistic studies (such as humour, characterisation, figurative language, and metre), others focus on phenomena that have not yet received adequate attention (such as split-selves phenomena, mind style, and spatial language). This book is relevant to students and scholars in a wide range of areas within linguistics, literary studies and cognitive science.
[Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 1] 2002.  xvi, 333 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“The volume as a whole presents an excellent overview of the different innovative aspects of a cognitive stylistic approach to texts. The choice of the contributions reflects the variety of directions this multidisciplinary approach can take. All authors, dealing with very different literary phenomena and types of discourse, illustrate that cognitive approaches have a distinct advantage, in that they can cover phenomena which have not been looked at from this angle in different frameworks or have not received any scrutiny at all [...] this volume promises to be one of the pioneering works in a fascinating newly arising discipline.”
“This is a landmark volume, containing a wealth of challenging material that compels constant re-thinking of the very bases of stylistics as a discipline. The book is no mere collection of research papers. In both theory and practice, the contributors mount a coherent and consistent challenge to existing paradigms and chart new analytical and research directions at the interface of language and literature studies. This is a book that will endure for many years to come as a source of reference and debate.”
“Refusing to respect borders between language and literature, stylistics scholars have always been committed to verifiable textual analysis within a pragmatic framework. In this collection they cross another border by engaging in fruitful but critical debate with the cognitivist work of the Lakoffian school, which does not deal adequately with creative texts. Cognitive Stylistics is an exciting and thought-provoking collection of essays that marries the best of literary text-based research to models capturing how the mind makes sense of the world. I passionately hope that scholars in both traditions will read this book.”
Cognitive Stylistics gives its reader exciting access to the current cognitive turn in literary studies without defining that turn in any narrow sectarian way. If you want to see what cognitive science and linguistics can do for literary studies, read this book.”
Cited by

Cited by 99 other publications

Alvstad, Cecilia
2008. Ambiguity translated for children. Target. International Journal of Translation Studies  pp. 222 ff. DOI logo
Auer, Anita, Victorina González-Díaz, Jane Hodson & Violeta Sotirova
2016. Introduction. In Linguistics and Literary History [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 25],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
BAŞ, Melike
2021. A Cognitive Poetic Analysis of Yahya Kemal’s ‘Silent Ship’. Hacettepe Üniversitesi Edebiyat Fakültesi Dergisi 38:1  pp. 94 ff. DOI logo
Bell, Alice, Sam Browse, Alison Gibbons & David Peplow
2021. Chapter 1. Responding to style. In Style and Reader Response [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 36],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Benwell, Bethan
2005. ‘Lucky this is anonymous.’ Ethnographies of reception in men’s magazines: a ‘textual culture’ approach. Discourse & Society 16:2  pp. 147 ff. DOI logo
Benwell, Bethan
2009. ‘A pathetic and racist and awful character’: ethnomethodological approaches to the reception of diasporic fiction. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 18:3  pp. 300 ff. DOI logo
Boas, Evert van Emde
2022. Mind Style, Cognitive Stylistics, and Ēthopoiia in Lysias. Trends in Classics 14:2  pp. 233 ff. DOI logo
Bray, Joe
2007. The ‘dual voice’ of free indirect discourse: a reading experiment. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 16:1  pp. 37 ff. DOI logo
Brône, Geert & Seana Coulson
2010. Processing Deliberate Ambiguity in Newspaper Headlines: Double Grounding. Discourse Processes 47:3  pp. 212 ff. DOI logo
Butiurca, Doina
2021. Metaphors of Globalization. Acta Universitatis Sapientiae, Philologica 13:3  pp. 94 ff. DOI logo
Chen, Rong
2019. Chapter 7. Complementing cognitive linguistics with pragmatics and vice versa. In Cognitive Linguistics and the Study of Chinese [Human Cognitive Processing, 67],  pp. 207 ff. DOI logo
Climent, Salvador & Marta Coll-Florit
2021. All you need is love: metaphors of love in 1946–2016 Billboard year-end number-one songs. Text & Talk 41:4  pp. 469 ff. DOI logo
Colombetti, Giovanna, Achim Stephan, John-Dylan Haynes, Christoph Huth, Alexander Bergs, Peter Schneck, Jan Slaby, Jens Kuhn, Tobias Skuban-Eiseler, Wolfgang Huff, Sarah Rudorf, Bernd Weber, Saskia K. Nagel, Imke Biermann, Wendy Wilutzky & Sven Walter
2013. Neuere Entwicklungen. In Handbuch Kognitionswissenschaft,  pp. 501 ff. DOI logo
Cushing, Ian
2020. A textured and sensory grammar for the experience of reading. English in Education 54:2  pp. 131 ff. DOI logo
Dancygier, Barbara
2005. Blending and narrative viewpoint: Jonathan Raban’s travels through mental spaces. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 14:2  pp. 99 ff. DOI logo
Dancygier, Barbara
2006. What can blending do for you?. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 15:1  pp. 5 ff. DOI logo
Douthwaite, John, Daniela Francesca Virdis & Elisabetta Zurru
2017. Chapter 1. Introduction. In The Stylistics of Landscapes, the Landscapes of Stylistics [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 28],  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
2020. Under the Volcano eserinin Türkçe çevirilerine bilişsel biçembilim ışığında bir bakış. RumeliDE Dil ve Edebiyat Araştırmaları Dergisi :20  pp. 756 ff. DOI logo
Fabčič, Melanija Larisa
2017. Kognitiv-basierte Methoden der Text- und Stilanalyse und ihre Applikation im Hochschulunterricht. In 121Germanistik in Maribor: Tradition und Perspektiven, DOI logo
Farsi, Roghayeh
2019. Experimentalism and cognition. English Text Construction 12:1  pp. 29 ff. DOI logo
Feng, Zongxin
2022. Metonymy as a semiotic resource in fictional narrative. Chinese Semiotic Studies 18:3  pp. 475 ff. DOI logo
Feng, Zongxin
2023. Textual Emotivity and Literary (Im)Politeness. In Advancing (Im)politeness Studies [Advances in (Im)politeness Studies, ],  pp. 115 ff. DOI logo
Fludernik, Monika
2010. Narratology in the Twenty-First Century: The Cognitive Approach to Narrative. PMLA/Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 125:4  pp. 924 ff. DOI logo
Forceville, Charles
2006. Book Review: Corpus Approaches to Critical Metaphor Analysis. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 15:4  pp. 402 ff. DOI logo
Freeman, Margaret H.
2005. The Nature of Poetic Texts. Poetics Today 26:3  pp. 535 ff. DOI logo
Freeman, Margaret H.
2009. Review of Tsur (2008): Toward a Theory of Cognitive Poetics. Pragmatics & Cognition 17:2  pp. 450 ff. DOI logo
Gavins, Joanna
2012. Leda and the stylisticians. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 21:4  pp. 345 ff. DOI logo
Gavins, Joanna & Peter Stockwell
2012. About the heart, where it hurt exactly, and how often. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 21:1  pp. 33 ff. DOI logo
Giovanelli, Marcello
2018. Construing the Child Reader: A Cognitive Stylistic Analysis of the Opening to Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. Children's Literature in Education 49:2  pp. 180 ff. DOI logo
Glotova, Elena
2014. The Suffering Minds: Cognitive Stylistic Approach to Characterization in “The Child-Who-Was-Tired” by Katherine Mansfield and “Sleepy” by Anton Chekhov. Theory and Practice in Language Studies 4:12 DOI logo
Hall, Geoff M.
2003. Review of Stockwell (2002): Cognitive poetics: An introduction. Functions of Language 10:1  pp. 129 ff. DOI logo
Hamawand, Zeki
2023. The Cognitive Framework. In English Stylistics,  pp. 31 ff. DOI logo
Healey, Brett & Paul Gardner
2021. Writing, grammar and the body: a cognitive stylistics framework for teaching upper primary narrative writing. Literacy 55:2  pp. 125 ff. DOI logo
Hidalgo Downing, Laura
2005. Reading R. Coover's ‘Quenby and Ola, Swede and Carl’: an empirical study on reference and story interpretation. European Journal of English Studies 9:2  pp. 155 ff. DOI logo
Hoover, David L.
2015. Authorship and Stylistics. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Hu, Yanwei
2014. The End Is in the Beginning”: The Riddle and Interpretation of Ellison’s Invisible Man. Theory and Practice in Language Studies 4:9 DOI logo
Jeffries, Lesley
2022. Alluding: Implying and Assuming in Poems. In The Language of Contemporary Poetry [Palgrave Studies in Language, Literature and Style, ],  pp. 169 ff. DOI logo
Jiang, Chengzhi
2020. Investigating the Mountain Image in Wang Wei’s Poetry: A Cognitive Stylistic Approach to Poetry–Painting Affinity. In Poetry-Painting Affinity as Intersemiotic Translation,  pp. 51 ff. DOI logo
King, Christa Knellwolf
2016. Cognitive Critical and Cultural Theory. In The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Knotková, Magdaléna & Wei-lun Lu
2020. Rendering, generalization and variation. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 7:1  pp. 201 ff. DOI logo
Knotková, Magdaléna & Wei-lun Lu
2022. Rendering, generalization and variation. In Visual Metaphors [Benjamins Current Topics, 124],  pp. 209 ff. DOI logo
Kolaiti, Patricia
2019. The Limits of Expression, DOI logo
Kolb, Waltraud, Wolfgang U. Dressler & Elisa Mattiello
2023. Human and machine translation of occasionalisms in literary texts. Target. International Journal of Translation Studies 35:4  pp. 540 ff. DOI logo
Kostetskaya, Anastasia G
2010. Crime is in the Eye of the Beholder: Petr Petrovich Luzhin as a Distorting “Puddle-Mirror” in Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Names 58:4  pp. 231 ff. DOI logo
Kukkonen, Karin
2020. Does Cognition Translate?. Poetics Today 41:2  pp. 243 ff. DOI logo
Lambrou, Marina
2019. Disnarration and the Unmentioned in Fiction. In Disnarration and the Unmentioned in Fact and Fiction,  pp. 81 ff. DOI logo
Laviosa, Sara, Adriana Pagano, Hannu Kemppanen & Meng Ji
2017. Keywords—A Tool for Translation Analysis. In Textual and Contextual Analysis in Empirical Translation Studies [New Frontiers in Translation Studies, ],  pp. 49 ff. DOI logo
Lu, Wei-lun
2020. Narrative viewpoint and subjective construal across languages. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 7:2  pp. 334 ff. DOI logo
Majeed AL-Nasiry, Nahida Taha & Shatha Kathim AL-Saadi
2020. Cognitive Poetics and Teaching Poetry. Journal of Tikrit University for Humanities 27:9  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Martens, Gunther, Benjamin Biebuyck, Helena Elshout & Ralph Müller
2013. Rhetoric and narratology. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 22:3  pp. 169 ff. DOI logo
Mastropierro, Lorenzo & Kathy Conklin
2023. What triggers perceptions of racism in Heart of Darkness? A reader-response analysis. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 32:4  pp. 437 ff. DOI logo
Morales-López, Esperanza
2017. Epilogue. In Developing New Identities in Social Conflicts [Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture, 71],  pp. 274 ff. DOI logo
Nagi Sarhan, Nihal
2023. Ideologies of gender representation in Hekayat Shaʕbia min Masˁr (2012). Journal of Arabic Sociolinguistics 1:2  pp. 227 ff. DOI logo
Nørgaard, Nina
2012. Grammar and Literature. In The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, DOI logo
Nünning, Ansgar
2013. K. In Metzler Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie,  pp. 362 ff. DOI logo
Peña Cervel, M Sandra
2010. MacbethRevisited: A Cognitive Analysis. Metaphor and Symbol 26:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Peña-Cervel, María Sandra & Andreea Rosca
2021. Hope and equilibrium in the dystopian world of The Hunger Games. Círculo de Lingüística Aplicada a la Comunicación 85  pp. 227 ff. DOI logo
Popova, Yanna
2010. Figurative Language and Cognition. In The Encyclopedia of the Novel, DOI logo
Reali, Florencia
2020. Emotion metaphors in James Joyce’sA Portrait of the artist as a young man. Journal of Literary Semantics 49:1  pp. 41 ff. DOI logo
Renkema, Jan & Christoph Schubert
Ryding, Karin Christina
Ryding, Karin Christina
2021. Chapter 6. The Arabic of Dune . In Language in Place [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 37],  pp. 106 ff. DOI logo
Scarinzi, Alfonsina
2014. Thematics, oder Warum ein Thema der Literatur überlieferungsfähig und kulturübergreifend wird. Orbis Litterarum 69:1  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Semino, Elena
2003. Book Review: New Perspectives on Narrative Perspective. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 12:2  pp. 185 ff. DOI logo
Semino, Elena & Jonathan Culpeper
1995. Stylistics. In Handbook of Pragmatics,  pp. 513 ff. DOI logo
Semino, Elena & Jonathan Culpeper
2022. Stylistics. In Handbook of Pragmatics [Handbook of Pragmatics, ],  pp. 1345 ff. DOI logo
Semino, Elena, Zsófia Demjén & Luke Collins
2021. Person-ness of voices in lived experience accounts of psychosis: combining literary linguistics and clinical psychology. Medical Humanities 47:3  pp. 354 ff. DOI logo
Semino, Elena & Gerard Steen
2008. Metaphor in Literature. In The Cambridge Handbook of Metaphor and Thought,  pp. 232 ff. DOI logo
Senkbeil, Karsten & Nicola Hoppe
2016. ‘The sickness stands at your shoulder …’: Embodiment and cognitive metaphor in Hornbacher’s Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 25:1  pp. 3 ff. DOI logo
Siefkes, Martin
2017. Perceptual qualities of literary style. Scientific Study of Literature 7:1  pp. 52 ff. DOI logo
Sinding, Michael
2010. Framing Monsters: Multiple and Mixed Genres, Cognitive Category Theory, andGravity's Rainbow. Poetics Today 31:3  pp. 465 ff. DOI logo
Slančová, Daniela
2019. Sociostylistics as a part of interactive stylistics – getting back and perspectives. Journal of Linguistics/Jazykovedný casopis 70:3  pp. 607 ff. DOI logo
Stampoulidis, Georgios
2019. Browse, Sam. 2018. Cognitive Rhetoric: The Cognitive Poetics of Political Discourse. Cognitive Semiotics 12:2 DOI logo
Stockwell, Peter
2005. Texture and identification. European Journal of English Studies 9:2  pp. 143 ff. DOI logo
Stockwell, Peter
2013. The positioned reader. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 22:3  pp. 263 ff. DOI logo
Sukatman & S. M. Fitriyah
2024. Garuda myth-based toponym as a portrait of Indonesian cultural activities in the Solon years. Cogent Arts & Humanities 11:1 DOI logo
Sun, Chengjiao
2017. Book review: Jane Lugea, World Building in Spanish and English Spoken Narratives. Discourse Studies 19:3  pp. 371 ff. DOI logo
Tincheva, Nelly
2021. Blurring the Boundaries between Real Worlds, Discourse Worlds and Text Worlds. Slavia Meridionalis 21 DOI logo
Toolan, Michael & Jean Jacques Weber
2005. Introduction. European Journal of English Studies 9:2  pp. 107 ff. DOI logo
Uszkalo, Kirsten C.
2015. Introduction: Grounding Rage Possession. In Bewitched and Bedeviled,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Utsumi, Akria
2005. The Role of Feature Emergence in Metaphor Appreciation. Metaphor and Symbol 20:3  pp. 151 ff. DOI logo
Verdonk, Peter
2005. Painting, poetry, parallelism: ekphrasis, stylistics and cognitive poetics. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 14:3  pp. 231 ff. DOI logo
Ward, Matthew
2021. Γameσσetai/γe Maσσetai: HomerIliad9.394 and the Constitutive Role of Irregularity. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 141  pp. 224 ff. DOI logo
Weber, Jean Jacques
2005. Cognitive poetics and literary criticism: types of resolution in the Condition-of-England novel. European Journal of English Studies 9:2  pp. 131 ff. DOI logo
Weber, Jean Jacques
2005. From ‘bad’ to ‘worse’: pragmatic scales and the (de)construction of cultural models. Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics 14:1  pp. 45 ff. DOI logo
Wendland, Ernst R.
2010. Framing the Frames: A Theoretical Framework for the Cognitive Notion of “Frames of Reference”. Journal of Translation 6:1  pp. 27 ff. DOI logo
Wentworth, Isabelle
2021. Subjective time, place, and language in Lisa Gorton’s The Life of Houses . Journal of Literary Semantics 50:2  pp. 107 ff. DOI logo
West, David
2008. Changing English: A Polemic Against Relativism and Fragmentation. Changing English 15:2  pp. 137 ff. DOI logo
Xiaoqing, Jia
2019. Marcello Giovanelli and Chloe Harrison: Cognitive Grammar in Stylistics: A practical guide . Journal of Literary Semantics 48:1  pp. 105 ff. DOI logo
Yu, Yajing & Lu Shao
2023. A cognitive stylistic approach to the translation of spatial metaphors in Alai’s Chen’ai luoding. Asia Pacific Translation and Intercultural Studies 10:1  pp. 20 ff. DOI logo
Zurru, Elisabetta
2017. Chapter 10. The agency of The Hungry Tide. In The Stylistics of Landscapes, the Landscapes of Stylistics [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 28],  pp. 191 ff. DOI logo
[no author supplied]
2014. Appendix C. ALLCHRS POS & USAS. In A Corpus Linguistic Approach to Literary Language and Characterization [Linguistic Approaches to Literature, 18], DOI logo
[no author supplied]
2016. References. In Sociolinguistic Styles,  pp. 192 ff. DOI logo
[no author supplied]
[no author supplied]
[no author supplied]

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 16 march 2024. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.


Literature & Literary Studies

Theoretical literature & literary studies

Main BIC Subject

CF: Linguistics

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2002026205 | Marc record