LINGUIST List 21.5231

Wed Dec 22 2010

Books: Cog Science: Divjak - Discourse Analysis: Grishakova, Ryan (Eds)

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Structuring the Lexicon: Divjak         2.     Julia Ulrich , Intermediality and Storytelling: Grishakova, Ryan (Eds)

Message 1: Structuring the Lexicon: Divjak
Date: 21-Dec-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Structuring the Lexicon: Divjak
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Title: Structuring the Lexicon Subtitle: A Clustered Model for Near-Synonymy Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR] 43 Published: 2010 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Dagmar Divjak Electronic: ISBN: 9783110220599 Pages: 278 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110220582 Pages: 278 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

Given that we lack sensory-motor experience for abstract concepts, how dowe find out what they mean? How far can we get by tracking frequencydistributions in input? The volume tackles the question of what languagehas to offer the language learner in his/her quest for meaning, andexplicitly addresses how semantic knowledge may be distributed along thecontinuum from "grammar" to "lexicon". Focus is on the synonymy ofconstructions and lexemes, a meaning relation that has been largely ignoredin Western linguistics.

Frequency in all its guises plays a major part in this book. Approachingmeaning from a usage-based perspective, a radically distributional approachto quantifying meaning is proposed that encompasses both the constructionaland lexical level. Statistical data analysis, relatively new in the fieldof linguistics, yields a cognitively realistic, clustered model thatencourages re-evaluating existing accounts of near-synonymy. Theoreticalconcepts spanning a range of cognitive linguistic frameworks, i.e.Cognitive Grammar, Radical Construction Grammar and Prototype Theory,account for the complexity of the data and lead to a re-appraisal oftraditional semantic theory.

Built on a solid empirical foundation, this network account of synonymy atthe constructional and lexical level enriches our understanding ofestablished aspects of the cognitive model of language, serving as catalystfor their further development and refinement. The theoretically informedcombination of descriptive accuracy and methodological innovation makes thebook a worthwhile read for cognitive linguists and psycholinguists alike.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science                             Lexicography                             Psycholinguistics                             Text/Corpus Linguistics
Written In: English (eng )

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Message 2: Intermediality and Storytelling: Grishakova, Ryan (Eds)
Date: 20-Dec-2010
From: Julia Ulrich <>
Subject: Intermediality and Storytelling: Grishakova, Ryan (Eds)
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Title: Intermediality and Storytelling Series Title: Narratologia / Contributions to Narrative Theory 24 Published: 2010 Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Editor: Marina Grishakova Editor: Marie-Laure Ryan Electronic: ISBN: 9783110237740 Pages: 353 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110237733 Pages: 353 Price: Europe EURO 99.95

The 'narrative turn' in the humanities, which expanded the study ofnarrative to various disciplines, has found a correlate in the 'medialturn' in narratology. Long restricted to language-based literary fiction,narratology has found new life in the recognition that storytelling cantake place in a variety of media, and often combines signs belonging todifferent semiotic categories: visual, auditory, linguistic and perhapseven tactile. The essays gathered in this volume apply the newly gainedawareness of the expressive power of media to particular texts,demonstrating the productivity of a medium-aware analysis. Through theexamination of a wide variety of different media, ranging from widelystudied, such as literature and film, to new, neglected, or non-standardones, such as graphic novels, photography, television, musicals, computergames and advertising, they address some of the most fundamental questionsraised by the medial turn in narratology: how can narrative meaning becreated in media other than language; how do different types of signscollaborate with each other in so-called 'multi-modal works', and what newforms of narrativity are made possible by the emergence of digital media.

Linguistic Field(s): History of Linguistics                             Ling & Literature                             Discourse Analysis                             Semiotics
Written In: English (eng )

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