A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English

Jane Lugea

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Abstract

Text World Theory (Werth 1999; Gavins 2007) is a cognitive stylistic model that aims to describe how discourse participants create a mental representation of language in use. First designed for the analysis of individual texts, this chapter demonstrates how it can also be used in the cross-linguistic analysis of narrative strategies. This chapter is based on a wider research project which applied Text World Theory to a comparable corpus of ‘frog story’ narratives revealing differences between the ways in which Spanish and English speakers construct the ‘same’ narrative text-world. The focus here is on the narrators’ temporal world-­building strategies only, as choices in tense were fundamental in laying the foundations for other world-building strategies. The results reveal interesting cross-­linguistic and dialectal differences in temporal world-building strategies and point to uses of tenses for non-temporal means.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationMultimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives
EditorsManuela Romano, Maria Dolores Porto
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pages245-272
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9789027267221
ISBN (Print)9789027256676
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Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NamePragmatics and Beyond
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Volume262
ISSN (Print)0922-842X

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Lugea, J. (2016). A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English. In M. Romano, & M. D. Porto (Eds.), Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction: Multimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives (pp. 245-272). (Pragmatics and Beyond; Vol. 262). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.262.10lug
Lugea, Jane. / A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English. Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction: Multimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives. editor / Manuela Romano ; Maria Dolores Porto. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing, 2016. pp. 245-272 (Pragmatics and Beyond).
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Lugea, J 2016, A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English. in M Romano & MD Porto (eds), Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction: Multimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives. Pragmatics and Beyond, vol. 262, John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam, pp. 245-272. https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.262.10lug

A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English. / Lugea, Jane.

Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction: Multimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives. ed. / Manuela Romano; Maria Dolores Porto. Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishing, 2016. p. 245-272 (Pragmatics and Beyond; Vol. 262).

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Lugea J. A text-world account of temporal world-building strategies in Spanish and English. In Romano M, Porto MD, editors, Exploring Discourse Strategies in Social and Cognitive Interaction: Multimodal and Cross-linguistic Perspectives. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. 2016. p. 245-272. (Pragmatics and Beyond). https://doi.org/10.1075/pbns.262.10lug