'It is not often that academic books come along which change your way of
seeing things. But this book does just that. It offers an astonishing
richness of texts, combining genuinely innovative theory and insight with
readable, usable and practical analysis. Joanna Gavins shows Text World
theory to be a way of understanding and engaging with texts that will
continue to push back frontiers for many years to come.'
-Professor Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham
'Text world theory has long been awaiting a comprehensive and
comprehensible introduction. Joanna Gavins' engaging book draws on the rich
insights now available in the many strands of cognitive linguistics and
discourse studies, and weaves them into her illuminating explanations,
analyses and often witty commentary. This work is an excellent textbook.
But it is more than that: it is a unified theoretical synthesis which at
the same time provides usable tools for practical analysis.'
-Paul Chilton, Lancaster University
'Text World Theory' is a cognitive model of all human discourse processing.
In this introductory textbook, Joanna Gavins sets out a usable framework
for understanding mental representations. Text World Theory is explained
using naturally occurring texts and real situations, including literary
works, advertising discourse, the language of lonely hearts, horoscopes,
route directions, cookery books and song lyrics. The book will therefore
enable students, teachers and researchers to make practical use of the
text-world framework in a wide range of linguistic and literary contexts.
*An accessible and enabling course book which includes suggestions for
exploration and further reading.
*Draws on linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, philosophy, poetics
and stylistics, and will be attractive to students and researchers working
in all of these disciplines.
*Each chapter provides a reader-friendly introduction to an aspect of Text
World Theory and includes at least two practical applications of these
ideas to real discourse examples.