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Wed Jul 26 2000

Books: Pragmatics and Literary Studies

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  1. Gillian Caglayan, Pragmatics/Lit Studies: When Voice Clash - Paperback Edition, J. L. Mey

Message 1: Pragmatics/Lit Studies: When Voice Clash - Paperback Edition, J. L. Mey

Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2000 11:27:54 +0200
From: Gillian Caglayan <>
Subject: Pragmatics/Lit Studies: When Voice Clash - Paperback Edition, J. L. Mey


Jacob L. Mey

When Voices Clash
A Study in Literary Pragmatics

1999. 23 x 15.5 cm. XV, 454 pages.
Pb DM 68,- /EUR 34,77 /�S 496,- /sFr 62,- /approx. US$ 34.00
ISBN 3-11-015821-3

Hardcover DM 208,- /EUR 106,35 /�S 1518,- /sFr 185,- /approx. US$ 104.00

ISBN 3-11-015820-5


What is the difference between a good and a bad novel? What makes us
lose the "thread" of the story (and interest in the plot and the
character)? What it is that interrupts the necessary processes of
continuously re-creating the text that are so crucial for text
consumption and successful readership? Rooted in the pragmatics of
literature, this study presents an inquiry into the way divergent,
implicit or explicit, points of view of literary characters ("voices")
may clash with each other, thus potentially derailing the entire
narrative engine. Inquiring into the ways in which such collisions are
caused, observed, and possibly repaired, this book examines the various
linguistic and narrative-technical "tricks" that the reader has at his
or her disposal in order successfully to follow the narrative and keep
the thread of the narrative intact.

Contents (extract)


Literary pragmatics: Why and what?

Part One: The sentence:
The state of the question
The language question

Part Two: The voice:
Speakability and voice
Voice and voice management
Voice in focus
Voice in transition

Part Three: Perspectives:
The dialogic perspective
The reader perspective
The pragmatic perspective

Part Four: The text:
The voice of the text
The speakable text

Primary literature
Name index
Subject index

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