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Title: Space and Time in Language and Literature
Edited By: Marija Brala Vukanović
Lovorka Gruić Grmuša
Description:

Space and time, their infiniteness and/or their limit(ation)s, their
coding, conceptualization and the relationship between the two, have been
intriguing people for millennia. Linguistics and literature are no
exceptions in this sense. This book brings together eight essays which all
deal with the expression of space and/or time in language and/or literature.

The book explores the issues of space, time and their interrelation from
two different perspectives: the linguistic and the literary. The first
section - Time and Space in Languag - contains four papers which focus on
linguistics, i.e. explore issues relative to the expression of time and
space in natural languages. The topics under consideration include:
typology regarding the expression of spatial information in languages
around the world (Ch.1), space as expressed and conceptualized in neutral,
postural and verbs of fictive motion (Ch. 2), prepositional semantics
(Ch.3), aspectuality (in Tamil, Ch. 4). All articles propose innovative
topics and/or approaches, cross-referring when possible between space and
time. Given that all seem to propose at least some elements of “language
universality” vs. “language variability”, the strong cognitivist nature of
the approach (even when the paper is not written within a cognitive
linguistic framework) represents a particularly strong feature of the
section, with a strong appeal to experts from fields that need not
necessarily be linguistic.

The second section of this volume - Space and Time in Literature - brings
together four essays dealing with literary topics. Inherent in each
narrative are both temporal and spatial implications because a literary
text testifies of a certain time, it is from and about a certain period, as
well as about a certain space, even if virtual. A particularly strong
feature of these papers is that they envision space and time as
complementary parameters of experience and not as conceptual opposites,
following the transfer of perspective through the whole century. Departing
from the late nineteenth century England’s and Croatia’s fictive spaces
(Ch. 5), the topic moves via the American Southern Gothic, focusing on
Faulkner from the thirties to the early sixties (Ch. 6), via the post-WWII
perspectives on history, probing the postmodern context of temporality (Ch
7), to finally reach the contemporary era of post 9/11 space-time (Ch 8).
The voyage from chapter five to eight is thus a journey through space and
time that allows for some answers to the nature of reality (of a variety of
space-times) as conceived by both the authors of these essays as well as by
the authors that these essays discuss.

The main goal of the editors has been to bring together different
scientific traditions which can contribute complementary concerns and
methodologies to the issues under exam; from the literary and descriptive
via the diachronic and typological explorations all the way to cognitive
(linguistic) analyses, bordering psycholinguistics and neuroscience. One of
the strengths of this volume thus lies in the diversity of perspectives
articulated within it, where the agreements, but also the controversies and
divergences demonstrate constant changes in society which, in turn, shapes
our views of space-time/reality. All this also suggests that science and
literature are not above or apart from their culture, but embedded within
it, and that there exists a strong relativistic interrelation between
(spatio-temporal) reality and culture. The only hope to objectively
envisage any if not all of the above, is by learning how to move (our
thought) through space, time or, to put it in simpler terms, how to shift
perspectives.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Semantics
Typology
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 144380567X
ISBN-13: 9781443805674
Pages: 175
Prices: U.K. £ 34.99