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The Language of Stories


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1. Language and literary narratives; 2. Blending, narrative spaces, and the emergent story; 3. Stories and their tellers; 4. Viewpoint: representation and compression; 5. Referential expressions and narrative spaces; 6. Fictional minds and embodiment in drama and fiction; 7. Spoken discourse and thought in literary discourse; 8. Stories in the mind.

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This book describes the conceptual and linguistic underpinnings of narrative interpretation.

About the Author

Barbara Dancygier is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Her publications include Conditionals and Prediction (Cambridge, 1999) and Mental Spaces in Grammar (with Eve Sweetser, Cambridge, 2005).


'Drawing on key developments in cognitive linguistics, including construction grammar and blending theory, this accessible, well-organized, and richly synthetic study outlines exciting new directions for research on narrative.' David Herman, Ohio State University
'For anyone who still needs to be convinced of the rich value of the cognitive turn in arts and humanities, this book provides it. It is erudite and elegant, readable and significant, and it succeeds by the force of its argument and the texture of its analysis. It is both precise and breathtaking in its range.' Peter Stockwell, Chair in Literary Linguistics, University of Nottingham
'A brilliant and original book on language and stories as twin creations of the human mind. Dancygier elegantly offers new insights into the way we think.' Mark Turner, Institute Professor and Professor of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University
'Barbara Dancygier's new approach to defining narrative viewpoint presented in her book The Language of Stories: A Cognitive Approach is very convincing and comprehensible. This book makes an important contribution to literary linguistics and at the same time outlines innovative directions for research on narrative. Dancygier's study is of interest to linguists and literary scholars, is suitable for scientists and for students. It's a remarkable and highly recommendable book.' Natalia Shchyhlevska, Language and Dialogue
'What I appreciated most in The Language of Stories [was] Dancygier's attention to small lexical and grammatical textual choices and her rigorous attempt to follow the effect of these details through to the macro-level of meaning construction.' Elke D'hoker, English Text Construction

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