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Text World Theory: An Introduction

Joanna Gavins


Text World Theory is a cognitive model of all human discourse processing. This introductory textbook sets out a usable framework for understanding mental representations. Text World Theory is explained using naturally occurring texts and real situations, including literary works, advertising discourse, the language of lonely hearts, horoscopes, route directions, cookery books and song lyrics. The book will therefore allow its readers to make practical use of the text-world framework in a wide range of linguistic and literary contexts.

Keywords: Text World Theory, cognitive model, human discourse processing, mental representations, advertising discourse, lonely hearts, horoscopes, cookery books, song lyrics, text-world framework

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748622993
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622993.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Gavins, author