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Title: Raumkonstitution durch Sprache
Subtitle: Blickführung, Bildschemata und Kohäsion in Deskriptionssequenzen englischer Texte
Written By: Christoph Schubert
URL: http://degruyter.de/cont/fb/li/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783484421400-1
Series Title: Buchreihe der Anglia 40
Description:

Die Studie untersucht, wie die lineare Kette sprachli-cher Zeichen in
Deskriptionssequenzen englischer Tex-te vor dem ,inneren Auge’ des
Rezipienten einen Vor-stellungsraum konstituiert. Sie verbindet damit in
neu-artiger Weise Kategorien der Textlinguistik mit Ansät-zen der Semantik
und der Kognitiven Grammatik. Zudem werden Ergebnisse relevanter
Nachbardiszipli-nen wie der Literatur- und Kunstwissenschaft sowie der
Wahrnehmungs- und Gestaltpsychologie einbezogen. Auf der Basis eines Korpus
von Textsorten mit hohen deskriptiven Anteilen, wie etwa Reiseführern oder
geo-graphischen Sachtexten, wird eine Taxonomie von pro-totypischen
,Blickführungstypen’ erarbeitet und an-hand von zahlreichen exemplarischen
Analysen sowie graphischen Darstellungen veranschaulicht. Diese
Blickführungstypen werden als spezifische Linearisie-rungsstrategien
definiert, die auf bildschematischen Konfigurationen aus Trajektor und
Landmarke beru-hen. In diesem Kontext wird analysiert, inwiefern
Lo-kalisierungsausdrücke sowohl durch grammatische und lexikalische
Kohäsion wie auch durch ortsdeiktische Situierungen zur Raumkonstitution
beitragen. Von besonderem Interesse sind hierbei die textuellen Effekte und
Funktionen, die aus der Blickführung resultieren.

The study examines the linguistic devices used in English texts to
constitute an imagined space before the reader's “inner eye.” For this, it
has recourse to text types such as travel guides or factual geographical
texts which describe visually perceptible scenarios. The focus is on the
sequence in which the elements of the space are introduced, and from this a
classification is derived of different ways in which the reader’s eye is
led. On this basis, the relevant effects and functions are analysed of
different strategies for constituting space.

Published by Max Niemeyer

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
Semantics
Subject Language(s): English

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ISBN-13: 9783484971301
Pages: 517
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ISBN-13: 9783484421400
Pages: 517
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