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Events and Narratives in Language

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Edited By Janusz Badio

This book analyzes events and narratives from the points of view of literature, grammar, discourse, and semantics. The contributors explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. They also examine the role of prefixes in construing events and asymmetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The contributions focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and on how events are described in signed languages. They place the event and narrative categories at the center of interest and their specific goals are pursued by applying different, both qualitative and quantitative, research methods.

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The present volume contains papers divided into four sections. The first section concentrates on events and narratives in literature and culture, and the four papers explore the issues related to the ways of portraying stories and their events within a cultural and literary framework. The next section deals with grammar, events and narratives, with two papers looking at the role of prefixes in construing events and assymetries that exist in time-creating event markers from a contrastive perspective. The third section focuses on meaning as it is constructed when events and narratives are discussed, with focus on narrativity as a semantic category, and how events are described in signed langauges. The last section five assumes a discourse perspective on events and narratives. The editor hopes that the volume will be of interest and use to a wide spectrum of readers, including students and teachers of language, linguists, translators, and researchers studying language and cognition, more specifically those with an interest on events and narratives.

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