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Voice and Mind

Peter Stockwell

in Texture - A Cognitive Aesthetics of Reading

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780748625819
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625819.003.0004
Voice and Mind

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This chapter explores the cognitive mechanics that readers must engage in when experiencing fictional literary works and the beings which inhabit them. It offers a new, cognitively informed model of viewpoint, especially directed at the relationship of readers and characters. It uses the discussion to try to find a way between regarding characters as entirely real people and regarding them as merely marks on a page. The importance of deixis as a central rather than peculiar and marginal aspect of language is asserted, in order to return to an earlier discussion of the precise nature of the edges of conceptual worlds.

Keywords: cognitive mechanics; readers; literary experience; viewpoint; deixis

Chapter.  13159 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Linguistics

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