What makes us talk about viewpoint and perspective in linguistic analyses and
in literary texts, as well as in landscape art? Is this shared vocabulary marking
real connections between the disparate phenomena? This volume argues that
human cognition is not only rooted in the human body, but also inherently
'viewpointed' as a result; consequently, so are language and communication.
Dancygier and Sweetser bring together researchers who do not typically meet
on common ground: analysts of narrative and literary style, linguists examining
the uses of grammatical forms in signed and spoken languages, and analysts of
gesture accompanying speech. Using models developed within cognitive
linguistics, the book uncovers surprising functional similarities across various
communicative forms, arguing for specific cognitive underpinnings of such
correlations. What emerges is a new understanding of the role and structure of
viewpoint and a groundbreaking methodology for investigating communicative
choices across various modalities and discourse contexts.