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A Cognitive Theory of Style

by Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy (Author)
Monographs 166 Pages
Series: Metalinguistica, Volume 17

Summary

Style is an important component of communication: it is the how in communicating the what, demonstrating the ontological unity of the two in language variability that provides the ground for the functioning of what-how and what-for. This volume approaches style within the framework of cognitive linguistics, a usage-based functional model, which interprets language as being conceptual, whereas conceptual knowledge is interpreted as experiential. Consequently, style is considered not as a set of predetermined ornaments on texts, but as a system of context-sensitive probability schemes of formation contributing to the meaning of discourse. Style is the outcome of linguistic potential, constrained by socio-cultural factors, functioning in the on-line and consolidated stylistic structure of discourse.

Details

Pages
166
ISBN (Softcover)
9783631375518
Language
English
Tags
socio-cultural factor text verbal interaction Ungarisch Sprachstil Kognitive Linguistik style cognitive linguistic
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. 166 pp., 7 fig., 23 tables

Biographical notes

Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy (Author)

The Author: Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy is Professor of Hungarian Linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary. He is the author of numerous publications mostly on style and discourse in everyday interactions and in Hungarian literature.

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