Narrative Comprehension: A Discourse Perspective

Paperback | February 1, 1999

byCatherine Emmott

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Despite the current explosion of interest in cognitive linguistics, there has so far been relatively little research by cognitive linguists on narrative comprehension. Catherine Emmott draws on insights from discourse analysis and artificial intelligence to present a detailed model of howreaders build, maintain, and use mental representations of fictional contexts, and how they keep track of characters and contexts within a complex, changing fictional world. The book begins with a summary of current issues in text-processing theory and a discussion of the methodological importance of recognizing the hierarchical structure of discourse. The core of the book explores the significance of contextual monitoring in narrative comprehension and looksparticularly at the cognitive demands placed on readers by flashbacks. Later chapters examine the implications of contextual monitoring for reference theory and for a literary-linguistic model of narrative text types. The study focuses on anaphoric pronouns in narratives, assessing the accumulated knowledge required for readers to interpret these key grammatical items. The work has implications for linguistic theory since it questions several long-held assumptions about anaphora, arguing for a `levels ofconsciousness' model for the processing of referring expressions.

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Despite the current explosion of interest in cognitive linguistics, there has so far been relatively little research by cognitive linguists on narrative comprehension. Catherine Emmott draws on insights from discourse analysis and artificial intelligence to present a detailed model of howreaders build, maintain, and use mental represen...

Catherine Emmott is at University of Glasgow.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 1, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Cognition and Discourse1. Narrative Comprehension: Text, Knowledge, and Inference-Making2. Key Topics in Processing Research3. A Discourse Perspective: Understanding Full, Real TextsPart II: Narrative Structure and Processing4. Creating Functional Texts5. Modifying, Switching, and Recalling Texts6. Characters and TextsPart III: Implications: Linguistic Theory and Narrative Theory7. Mental Representations, Inference-Making, and Reference Theory8. Distinguishing Narrative Types9. ConclusionBibliography

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`This is a book which a lot of people should read. It has relevant things to say to linguists and psychologists interested in text and discourse analysis, narratologists, stylisticians, literary theorists, reading theorists and those interested in the empirical study of literature and inteaching literacy skills.'Journal of Literary Semantics