Discourse, Consciousness, and Time The Flow and Displacement of Conscious Experience in Speaking and Writing
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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.
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 10/15/1994
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
|Symbols Used in Transcriptions of Speech|
|Understanding Language and the Mind|
|The Nature of Consciousness|
|Speaking and Writing|
|Starting Points, Subjects, and the Light Subject Constraint|
|Identifiability and "Definiteness"|
|The One New Idea Constraint|
|Topic Hierarchies and Sentences|
|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|
|Displacement Integrated with Flow|
|Written Paragraphs and Discourse Topics|