Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

New from Oxford University Press!


May I Quote You on That?

By Stephen Spector

A guide to English grammar and usage for the twenty-first century, pairing grammar rules with interesting and humorous quotations from American popular culture.

New from Cambridge University Press!


The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

Edited By Peter K. Austin and Julia Sallabank

This book "examines the reasons behind the dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages."

Academic Paper

Title: Contexts, Discourse Worlds, Text Worlds
Author: Nelly Tincheva
Email: click here TO access email
Institution: University of Sofia
Linguistic Field: Cognitive Science
Abstract: The present paper upholds the possibility, or, indeed, necessity to approach context from the perspective of the ‘cognitive properties’ of the participants in a communicative situation. It claims that the generally-accepted viewpoint on analysis should be reversed and the cognitive constructs, or mental models, used by the participants should not be simply added to the context; it is the context which should be seen as part of the cognitive constructs processed by the participants. After all, context exists to humans only because they see it as such. An objective reality may or may not exist outside human perception and contextual information need not be seen as a special case of ‘real-ness’. In a way, and that can be argued to be quite a crucial way, we can only study our human-specific perceptions of the world (and contexts) and not the world (or a context) itself.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Tincheva, N. 2007. ‘Contexts, Text Worlds and Discourse Worlds’. In: За човека и езика. Sofia: St. Kliment Ohridski Press

Add a new paper
Return to Academic Papers main page
Return to Directory of Linguists main page