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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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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: Schools > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Schools > 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 09:14
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:37

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