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Text, Discourse, Cognition


The purpose of this chapter is to question the three notions of text, discourse and cognition, together with the complementary or contrasting theoretical models which illustrate and support them. These three subjects will not therefore be analyzed consecutively, but in parallel. Based on the direction of my current work in text and cognitive linguistics, I shall approach them in two stages: text vs. discourse and text vs. cognition. This dual strategy, with the text as common denominator, implies, therefore, that although I take account of discourse as the contextual, situational, and generic framework in which the text appears, my focus is on the text as an object of analysis. In this I am following the “Prague” tradition, which is structural or macrosyntactic as well as functional. It also implies that this conception of the text enables neoPrague theories to be reconciled with those being developed today in cognitive linguistics, centered on a range of mental, semantic, pragmatic, and semiotic skills, activities or processes and often grouped under the umbrella term of representation, involving mental spaces, projections, blending, and emergence of meaning. Finally, I show how the conceptual and predicative dual integration procedure enables the complementarity of the two models - mentalcognitive and macrosyntactictextual - to be illustrated.
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Guy Achard-Bayle. Text, Discourse, Cognition. Driss Ablali; Guy Achard-Bayle. French theories on text and discourse, 473, De Gruyter, pp.77-94, 2023, Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für romanische Philologie, 9783110794434. ⟨10.1515/9783110794434-004⟩. ⟨hal-04100796⟩
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