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 the text-worlds created by a range of expressions of attitude in discourse. It looks at the ways in which wishes, wants, and desires are communicated in the discourse-world and the nature of the resulting text-worlds their expression creates. It analyzes the glamorous fantasy worlds contained in an interview from a best-selling celebrity magazine in order to explore the discourse features that generate them in more detail. The chapter also investigates the text-worlds that result from expressions of obligation or duty in discourse and the persuasive effects such language often has on its recipients in the discourse-world. Some extracts from a car-owner's manual and from a magazine advice column are examined and the fine line between different types of attitudes and their associated text-worlds is explored.

Keywords: text-worlds; attitude; discourse; discourse-world; fantasy worlds; obligation; language

Chapter.  7744 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Language Teaching and Learning

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