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Text World TheoryAn Introduction$
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Joanna Gavins

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748622993

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622993.001.0001

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(p.53) Chapter 4 Processes
Text World Theory

Joanna Gavins

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores how text-worlds develop in the human mind. It is particularly concerned with how we conceptualise the actions, events, and other processes described in a discourse. It explores the relationships that exist between these discourse elements and the background of world-builders against which they take place. It examines three different reports of a football match taken from three contrasting sources in order to demonstrate the basic mechanics by which text-worlds evolve. These analyses also investigate how the manner in which an action is described in the discourse-world can affect the participants' perception of the relationships between enactors in the text-world. The range of possible language choices available to the reports' varying speakers and writers are compared and the effects of their final selections on the overall texture of the text-world are discussed. The chapter also explores how the text-worlds related to different genres of discourse advance in distinct ways.

Keywords:   text-world, human mind, world-builders, discourse, language choices

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