Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition in Text Analysis

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Elena Semino, Jonathan Culpeper
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2002 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 333 pages
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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.

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Conceptual integration in Christine de Pizans City of Ladies
The body in the word A cognitive approach to the shape of a poetic text
The Figure in the Carpet Discovery or Recognition
Miltonic texture and the feeling of reading
A cognitive stylistic approach to mind style in narrative fiction
Between the lines Spatial language and its developmental representation in Stephen Kings IT
Split selves in fiction and in medical life stories Cognitive linguistic theory and narrative practice
Metaphor in Bob Dylans Hurricane Genre language and style
Cognitive constraints on verbal creativity The use of figurative language in poetic discourse
Cognitive stylistics of humorous texts
A cognitive stylistic approach to characterisation
Aspects of Cognitive Poetics
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Subject Index

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Elena Semino is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. Her previous publications include Cognitive Stylistics: Language and Cognition in Text Analysis (2002, edited with J. Culpeper) and Corpus Stylistics: Speech, Writing and Thought Presentation in a Corpus of English Writing (2004, with M. Short).

Mireille Ravassat is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English Language at Valenciennes University, France

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