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 examines multiple world-creation in more detail and looks in particular at the conceptual processes that enable us to manage several text-worlds in our minds at once. It also revisits the relationship between the discourse-world and the text-world. Specifically, it explores the conceptual status of the different entities that populate these worlds through contrasting analyses of the text-worlds constructed by a parenting manual and those constructed in an extract of literary fiction. Of central interest in this discussion are the processes by which participants assess the reliability of their co-communicators in the discourse-world, and how this assessment subsequently impacts upon their perception of the text-world. The chapter investigates the boundaries that exist between worlds and the ability certain entities have to transcend them.

Keywords: world-creation; text-world; discourse-world; communicators

Chapter.  7866 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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