Patterns of Imagery in Language
Edited By Marek Kuźniak, Agnieszka Libura and Michał Szawerna
The role of textual value-triggering snapshots in valuation
Tomasz Włodarski University of Wrocław
The paper falls within the scope of cognitive axiological studies on text, genre and discourse and it consists of two parts. The main goal of the first part is to address Krzeszowski’s (1997) two-dimensional schematic representation of the domain of values and to justify the representation of the axiological domain as three-dimensional. In such a three-dimensional domain of values, besides the hierarchy of values and the scale of their axiological charge, the subjective/ inter-subjective validity of values occurs as a third dimension of valuation. The second part of the paper proposes the composite term textual value-triggering snapshot and exemplifies this term with textual structures to which it may refer, and, by clarifying the axiological potential of such textual snapshots, illustrates the significance of axiological paradigms and thus the subjective/intersubjective salience of values/valuation for recognizing and carrying out valuations.
Keywords: axiological domain, axiological clash, value, valuation, value-triggering snapshot
1. Key notions in axiological semantic discourse analysis
The notion that needs to be thoroughly defined before conducting any axiological analysis of linguistic and textual phenomena is the axiological domain, which is also referred to as the domain of values (Krzeszowski 1997). The domain of values can be regarded as one of the most basic cognitive domains grounded in the human experience of reality, whatever its ontological status is. Krzeszowski (1997: 64) explains that this domain draws upon two co-ordinates: the vertical scale...
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