LINGUIST List 13.2089

Wed Aug 14 2002

Books: Discourse Analysis/Psycholing:T.I.Sakita

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  1. Neden, Julie (ELS), Reporting Discourse, Tense, and Cognition by T.I. Sakita

Message 1: Reporting Discourse, Tense, and Cognition by T.I. Sakita

Date: Tue, 13 Aug 2002 04:43:32 -0400
From: Neden, Julie (ELS) <>
Subject: Reporting Discourse, Tense, and Cognition by T.I. Sakita


Reporting Discourse, Tense, and Cognition 
By T.I. Sakita, Institute of Language and Culture, Doshisha University,

Published July 2002 * Hardbound * 0-08-044041-X * 304 pages * Elsevier *

USD 88 EUR 88 

Reporting discourse has attracted rigorous analyses in linguistics,
literary theory, cognitive psychology, sociology, and
ethnomethodology. This book provides innovative analyses of
controversial topics in reporting discourse like tense alternation,
reporting styles, patterns, and functions. After critically examining
existing theories, Tomoko I. Sakita offers new theoretical
perspectives and empirical analyses within the scope of actual
language performance. Her analysis covers tenses that previous studies
have neglected or have considered 'ungrammatical' or 'mistaken.' Based
on models of cognitive recollection and stream of consciousness, tense
reveals cognitive, attitudinal, and consciousness state markers in
complex reporting processes, as well as identity, speaker psychology,
and deictic relations, embedded in discourse and narrative contexts. A
synthesis of discourse analysis and experiments on reporting style,
structure, and functions leads to formulating a new reporting
discourse continuum. Reporting discourses emerge as rule-governed,
goal-directed, purposeful strategic devices in communication. Sakita
shows reporting discourse to be an integral whole formed by speakers'
constant interpretations and choices at different stages of
information processing, with close interactions among cognitive
constraints, discourse organization, contextual information, and
communicative purposes. She deepens our insights into the operation of
language and cognition, as well as into communication systems and
social dynamics, ultimately leading to a better understanding of human
behavior. An important work not only for linguists and literary
specialists but also for readers with serious interest in human
reporting behavior and narrative, or in the dynamic aspects of
cognitive operation.

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