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Apposition and affective communication

Blakemore, D 2008, 'Apposition and affective communication' , Language and Literature, 17 (1) , pp. 37-57.

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      Abstract

      This paper focuses on the rhetorical effects of structures which involve the apposition of two (or more) segments with similar, but not identical, interpretations – for example, He felt depressed, flattened. Building on the existing relevance theoretic account of poetic effects (Sperber & Wilson 1995, Pilkington 2000), it aims to show how these structures can be used to communicate an impression of emphasis or intensification which can be compared with the effects achieved by repetitions. It argues that these effects are not achieved in the same way, and that three different cases can be distinguished. First, the use of this structure may lie in the way it encourages the reader to explore the differences between the interpretation of the second segment and the interpretation of the first. Second, it may encourage the reader to explore the total set of contextual assumptions made accessible by both (or all) segments for the derivation of an interpretation which could not be derived from any one segment alone. Finally, the paper considers the use of these structures by authors who use free indirect style to represent a character’s struggle to identify an emotion s/he is experiencing.

      Item Type: Article
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Emphasis, ineffability, free indirect thought/style, reformulation, repetition, weak communication
      Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
      Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
      Memory, Text and Place
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
      Journal or Publication Title: Language and Literature
      Publisher: Sage Publications
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 09639470
      Depositing User: DL Blakemore
      Date Deposited: 29 May 2009 10:14
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:57
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1995

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