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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Contents

Conceptual integration in Christine de Pizans City of Ladies
1
The body in the word A cognitive approach to the shape of a poetic text
23
The Figure in the Carpet Discovery or Recognition
49
Miltonic texture and the feeling of reading
73
A cognitive stylistic approach to mind style in narrative fiction
95
Between the lines Spatial language and its developmental representation in Stephen Kings IT
123
Split selves in fiction and in medical life stories Cognitive linguistic theory and narrative practice
153
Metaphor in Bob Dylans Hurricane Genre language and style
183
Cognitive constraints on verbal creativity The use of figurative language in poetic discourse
211
Cognitive stylistics of humorous texts
231
A cognitive stylistic approach to characterisation
251
Aspects of Cognitive Poetics
279
Afterword
319
Name Index
325
Subject Index
329
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