Joanna Gavins

in Text World Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622993
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671540 | DOI:

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This chapter explores how text-worlds develop in the human mind. It is particularly concerned with how we conceptualise the actions, events, and other processes described in a discourse. It explores the relationships that exist between these discourse elements and the background of world-builders against which they take place. It examines three different reports of a football match taken from three contrasting sources in order to demonstrate the basic mechanics by which text-worlds evolve. These analyses also investigate how the manner in which an action is described in the discourse-world can affect the participants' perception of the relationships between enactors in the text-world. The range of possible language choices available to the reports' varying speakers and writers are compared and the effects of their final selections on the overall texture of the text-world are discussed. The chapter also explores how the text-worlds related to different genres of discourse advance in distinct ways.

Keywords: text-world; human mind; world-builders; discourse; language choices

Chapter.  7791 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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