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Title: Cognitive discourse grammar in contemporary literature
Author: Harrison, Chloe
Awarding Body: University of Nottingham
Current Institution: University of Nottingham
Date of Award: 2013
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Cognitive poetics has largely drawn so far on psychological models, and only recently have researchers turned their attention to cognitive linguistics. Considering the insights drawn from systemic-functional models over the past few decades and the revolutionary analyses that cognitive linguistics has brought to the fore, several of the difficulties that arise in the stylistic application of Hallidayan, cognitive linguistic and narratological frameworks seem to be resolvable from the perspective of Langacker's Cognitive Grammar (Langacker 1993a, 1993b, 1999a, 1999b, 2001, 2007, 2008, 2009; see also Croft and Cruse 2004; Evans and Green 2006; Taylor 2002). Specifically, Cognitive Grammar offers a means of accounting for experiential organisation, the attenuation of experience and how it is simulated, in a literary reading. In this study I propose an extension of Cognitive Grammar towards a cognitive discourse grammar through the unique environment that literary stylistic application offers. Thus, this research aims to develop, almost from an incipient point, the application of Cognitive Grammar in literary analysis. Through the application of Cognitive Grammar concepts, a verifiable framework and methodological principles will be established, drawing upon points of contact with cognitive-narratological developments as well as upon elements of cognitive linguistics in the process. Such points of contact include but are not limited to similarities with text world theory, cognitive semantics, cognitive narratology, systemic-functional grammar, mindmodelling and structuralist approaches to narrative layering. Rather than suggesting CG as a replacement for these existing frameworks, this analysis instead involves providing a cognitive or CG-extension to their approach. As a data set for this application, I use examples of contemporary fiction, which both exemplify and challenge the central CG concepts.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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