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Discourse, Consciousness and Time : Flow and Displacement of Conscious Experience in Speaking and Writing - Wallace L. Chafe

Discourse, Consciousness and Time

Flow and Displacement of Conscious Experience in Speaking and Writing

Paperback Published: 1st January 1994
ISBN: 9780226100548
Number Of Pages: 392

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Wallace Chafe demonstrates how the study of language and consciousness together can provide an unexpectedly broad understanding of the way the mind works. Relying on close analyses of conversational speech as well as written fiction and nonfiction, he investigates both the flow of ideas through consciousness and the displacement of consciousness by way of memory and imagination.
Chafe draws on several decades of research to demonstrate that understanding the nature of consciousness is essential to understanding many linguistic phenomena, such as pronouns, tense, clause structure, and intonation, as well as stylistic usages, such as the historical present and the free indirect style. While the book focuses on English, there are also discussions of the North American Indian language Seneca and the music of Mozart and of the Seneca people.
This work offers a comprehensive picture of the dynamic natures of language and consciousness that will interest linguists, psychologists, literary scholars, computer scientists, anthropologists, and philosophers.

Symbols Used in Transcriptions of Speech
Understanding Language and the Mind
The Nature of Consciousness
Speaking and Writing
Intonation Units
Activation Cost
Starting Points, Subjects, and the Light Subject Constraint
Identifiability and "Definiteness"
The One New Idea Constraint
Discourse Topics
Topic Hierarchies and Sentences
Another Language
Some Alternative Approaches to Information Flow
The Flow of Consciousness in Music
The Immediate and Displaced Modes in Conversational Language
Representing Other Speech and Thought in Conversation
Displaced Immediacy in Written First-Person Fiction
Representing Other Speech and Thought in First-Person Fiction withDisplaced Immediacy
Displaced Immediacy in Written Third-Person Fiction
Written Fiction That (Partially) Lacks a Represented Consciousness
Written Nonfiction
Displacement Integrated with Flow
Written Paragraphs and Discourse Topics
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ISBN: 9780226100548
ISBN-10: 0226100545
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 1st January 1994
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.4  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46

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