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Full Title: Mixed Points of View in Narratives

Short Title: ICLC12_MixedPoV
Location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Start Date: 23-Jun-2013 - 28-Jun-2013
Contact: Dunja Wackers
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Meeting Description: Linguistic Manifestations of Mixed Points of View in Narratives - Cognitive and Typological Perspectives


Barbara Dancygier (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada)
Louis Wei-lun Lu (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)
Arie Verhagen (Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands)

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‘Reported Speech’ has been an important locus of attention in various linguistic, narratological and stylistic studies since the middle of the 19th century. Jakobson (1957) identified it as one of the four crucial duplex structures in language, including varieties of ‘mixed’ points of view like Free Indirect Discourse. Recent work in cognitive linguistics offers an additional set of tools which can be used to elucidate mixed viewpoint phenomena (Verhagen 2005, Vandelanotte 2009, Sanders 2010, Dancygier & Sweetser 2012), but there has been little work thus far to elaborate and test such approaches in view of global linguistic and cultural diversity. The potential of linguistic and cultural diversity for understanding both universal and culture specific features of the construal of reported speech and thought, and for the interaction between grammar and cognition in this domain, has, at a minimum, remained under-exploited (cf. Evans 2010). It is all the more important for cognitive science to redress this situation in view of the interaction between the development of social cognition (understanding the inner life and thoughts of others, ‘Theory of Mind’) and narrative. The present theme session proposes to involve the cognitive linguistics community in a broader discussion of such issues. Broad linguistic and cognitive strategies of mixed viewpoint allocation need to be considered afresh.

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Linguistic Subfield: Cognitive Science; Pragmatics; Typology
LL Issue: 23.3658

This is a session of the following meeting:
12th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference

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