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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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Text World Theory
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Joanna Gavins

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622993.003.0005

This chapter examines multiple world-creation in more detail and looks in particular at the conceptual processes that enable us to manage several text-worlds in our minds at once. It also revisits the relationship between the discourse-world and the text-world. Specifically, it explores the conceptual status of the different entities that populate these worlds through contrasting analyses of the text-worlds constructed by a parenting manual and those constructed in an extract of literary fiction. Of central interest in this discussion are the processes by which participants assess the reliability of their co-communicators in the discourse-world, and how this assessment subsequently impacts upon their perception of the text-world. The chapter investigates the boundaries that exist between worlds and the ability certain entities have to transcend them.

Keywords:   world-creation, text-world, discourse-world, communicators

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