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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 <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
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
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110220582-1

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

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

Frequency in all its guises plays a major part in this book. Approaching
meaning from a usage-based perspective, a radically distributional approach
to quantifying meaning is proposed that encompasses both the constructional
and lexical level. Statistical data analysis, relatively new in the field
of linguistics, yields a cognitively realistic, clustered model that
encourages re-evaluating existing accounts of near-synonymy. Theoretical
concepts 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 of
traditional semantic theory.

Built on a solid empirical foundation, this network account of synonymy at
the constructional and lexical level enriches our understanding of
established aspects of the cognitive model of language, serving as catalyst
for their further development and refinement. The theoretically informed
combination of descriptive accuracy and methodological innovation makes the
book 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 <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
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
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/li/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110237733-1

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
Abstract:

The 'narrative turn' in the humanities, which expanded the study of
narrative to various disciplines, has found a correlate in the 'medial
turn' in narratology. Long restricted to language-based literary fiction,
narratology has found new life in the recognition that storytelling can
take place in a variety of media, and often combines signs belonging to
different semiotic categories: visual, auditory, linguistic and perhaps
even tactile. The essays gathered in this volume apply the newly gained
awareness of the expressive power of media to particular texts,
demonstrating the productivity of a medium-aware analysis. Through the
examination of a wide variety of different media, ranging from widely
studied, such as literature and film, to new, neglected, or non-standard
ones, such as graphic novels, photography, television, musicals, computer
games and advertising, they address some of the most fundamental questions
raised by the medial turn in narratology: how can narrative meaning be
created in media other than language; how do different types of signs
collaborate with each other in so-called 'multi-modal works', and what new
forms 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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