Thematics : Interdisciplinary Studies

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Themes play a central role in our everyday communication: we have to know what a text is about in order to understand it. Intended meaning cannot be understood without some knowledge of the underlying theme. This book helps to define the concept of `themes' in texts and how they are structured in language use.Much of the literature on Thematics is scattered over different disciplines (literature, psychology, linguistics, cognitive science), which this detailed collection pulls together in one coherent overview. The result is a new landmark for the study and understanding of themes in their everyday manifestation.
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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 152.4 x 215.9 x 31.75mm | 750g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588111075
  • 9781588111074

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction (by Louwerse, Max M.); 3. Part I. Structure and processing; 4. Section 1. Theoretical approaches; 5. 1. Psychological and computational research on theme comprehension (by Graesser, Arthur C.); 6. 2. Situation models and themes (by Zwaan, Rolf A.); 7. 3. Conditions of updating during reading (by Oostendorp, Herre van); 8. Section 2. Experimental and corpus linguistic approaches; 9. 4. Evaluation devices as a coordinating mechanism for story points (by Shen, Yeshayahu); 10. 5. Responding to style: Cohesion, foregrounding and thematic interpretation (by Emmott, Catherine); 11. 6. The definite article the as a cue to map thematic information (by Gernsbacher, Morton Ann); 12. 7. Thematic management in Korean (by Kim, Myung-Hee); 13. Section 3. Computational approaches; 14. 8. On the notions of theme and topic in psychological process models of text comprehension (by Kintsch, Walter); 15. 9. Themes and hierarchical structure of written texts (by Le, Elisabeth); 16. 10. Computational retrieval of themes (by Louwerse, Max M.); 17. Part II. Contents and contexts; 18. Section 1. Theoretical approaches; 19. 11. Thematics today (by Sollors, Werner); 20. 12. Seven trends in recent thematics and a case study (by Pettersson, Bo); 21. 13. Where do literary themes come from? (by Peer, Willie van); 22. 14. Motives and motifs in visual thematics (by Roque, Georges); 23. Section 2. Interpretive approaches; 24. 15. Masking one's themes: Irony and the politics of indirectness (by Giora, Rachel); 25. 16. Themes of nation (by Hjort, Mette); 26. 17. Tracking a theme: War in contemporary German literature (by Daemmrich, Horst S.); 27. 18. Why themes matter: Literary knowledge and the thematic example of money (by Wolf, Phillipp); 28. Section 3. Computational approaches; 29. 19. Moving targets: The making and molding of a theme (by Hogenraad, Robert); 30. 20. Quantitative hermeneutics: Inferring the meaning of narratives from trends in their content (by Martindale, Colin); 31. 21. Prototype effect vs. rarity effect in literary style (by Fortier, Paul A.); 32. 22. Parsing for the theme: A computer based approach (by Christoph Meister, Jan); 33. Name index; 34. Subject index
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