LINGUIST List 10.1097

Sun Jul 18 1999

Books: Cognitive Linguistics

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Cognitive Ling: Simultaneous Interpretation, R. Setton

Message 1: Cognitive Ling: Simultaneous Interpretation, R. Setton

Date: Sun, 18 Jul 1999 11:41:14 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Cognitive Ling: Simultaneous Interpretation, R. Setton

John Benjamins Publishing announces a new work:

Simultaneous Interpretation.
A cognitive-pragmatic analysis
Benjamins Translation Library 28
US & Canada: 1 55619 712 8 / USD 79.00 (Hardcover)
Rets of worldd: 90 272 1631 2 / NLG 158.00 (Hardcover)

Simultaneous interpretation (SI) is among the most complex of human
cognitive/linguistic activities. This study, which will interest
practitioners and trainers as well as linguists, draws more on
linguistics-based theories of cognition in communication (cognitive
semantics and pragmatics) than on the traditional
information-processing approaches of cognitive psychology, and shows
SI to be a valuable source of data on language and cognition.

Starting from semantic representations of input and output in samples
of professional SI from Chinese and German into English, the analysis
explains the classic phenomena - anticipation, restoration of the
implicit-explicit balance, and communicative re-packaging
('re-ostension') of the discourse - in terms of an intermediate
cognitive model in working memory, allowing a more unitary view of
resource management in the SI task. Relevance-theoretic analysis of
the input discourse reveals rich pragmatic information guiding the
construction of the appropriate contexts and the speaker's underlying
intentionalities. The course of meaning assembly is reconstructed in
annotated synchronised transcripts.

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