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Title: Perspective and Perspectivation in Discourse
Edited By: Carl Friedrich Graumann
Werner Kallmeyer
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=HCP_9
Series Title: Human Cognitive Processing 9

‘Perspective’ and ‘viewpoint’ are widely used in everyday talk as well as in the specialist languages of the social, cognitive, and literary sciences. Taken from the field of visual perception and representation, these concepts have acquired a general meaning and significance, as characteristics of human cognitive processing. Since, however, this field is shared by an increasing body of disciplines, perspective terms have also acquired specific and technical meanings. A striking example is the newly introduced use of ‘perspectivation’ in discourse analysis.
This volume on ‘perspective and perspectivation’ - the first of its kind - will help to fill the gap between the common understanding of perspective and the specifics of its structure and dynamics as they have been elaborated in the human sciences, mainly in psychology and linguistics. The focus is on the structure of perspectivity in cognition and language, and the dynamics of setting and taking perspectives in social interaction and in the construction and understanding of texts. Both topics are presented here in an interdisciplinary way by a group of linguists and psychologists.

Table of Contents

Perspective and perspectivation in discourse: An introduction
Carl Friedrich Graumann and Werner Kallmeyer 1
A. Perspectivity: Structure and functions
Knowledge and perspective setting: What possible consequences on conversation do we have to expect?
Klaus Foppa 15
Explicit and implicit perspectivity
Carl Friedrich Graumann 25
Perspectives, implicitness and recontextualization
Per Linell 41 uaestio and L-perspectivation
Christiane Stutterheim and Wolfgang Klein 57
Grammaticalization of perspectivity
Gisela Zifonun 87
B. Perspectivation in discourse and interaction
Verbal practices of perspective grounding
Werner Kallmeyer 111
Perspectivity and professional role in verbal interaction
Inken Keim 141 “You can say you to yourself” • Establishing perspectives with personal pronouns
Ursula Bredel 165
Strategic uses of self and other perspectives
Alissa Shethar 179
Irony, quotation, and other forms of staged intertextuality: Double or contrastive perspectivation in conversation
Helga Kotthoff 199
C. Perspectivity: Differences and divergences
Social discrimination and aggression: A matter of perspective-specific divergence?
Sabine Otten and Amélie Mummendey 231
Perspective-related differences in interpretations of injustice in close relationships
Gerold Mikula 249
Perspectivity in dialogues involving people with cerebral palsy
Ivana Markova and Sarah Collins 261
Perspective-dependent attributions in court: An investigation into closing speeches with the Linguistic Category Model
Jeannette Schmid 285
D. Perspectivity in reconstructive genres
Point of view, narrative mode and the constitution of narrative texts
Peter Canisius 305
Global and local aspects of perspectivity
Uta M. uasthoff 321
Perspectivity in reported dialogues. The contextualization of evaluative stances in reconstructing speech
Susanne Günthner 345
The role of the narrative perspective in the cognitive-cultural context
Janos Laszlo and Tibor Pólya 373

Publication Year: 2002
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223610
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: vi, 401 pp.
Prices: EUR 110.00
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588112950
ISBN-13: 9781588112958
Pages: vi, 401 pp.
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