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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.109) Chapter 7 Distances
Text World Theory

Joanna Gavins

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 6 demonstrated how expressions of unfulfilled wishes and desires trigger the creation of discrete text-worlds with their own world-building and function-advancing elements. Such boulomaic and deontic modal-worlds, whether they originate in the discourse-world or in a text-world, exist at a conceptual distance from their creators. This chapter explores the notion of conceptual distance in more detail and extends the investigation of the text-worlds of modalized discourse. The discussion here concentrates on the articulation of knowledge and belief through language and the processes by which such abstract concepts are conceptually managed. Two different types of political discourse — a speech and a transcript of a television debate — are analysed in order to uncover the conceptual structures that underpin them.

Keywords:   text-worlds, world-building, conceptual distance, modalized discourse, knowledge, belief, language, political discourse

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