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1. Conceptualising Language; 2. Participating in Discourse; 3. Scenes; 4. Processes; 5. Layers; 6. Attitudes; 7. Distances; 8. Narratives; 9. Double-vision; 10. Futures; References.

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Joanna Gavins is a lecturer in English language and literature at the University of Sheffield, UK, where she teaches courses in stylistics, cognitive poetics, linguistics and contemporary literature. Her innovative work in Text World Theory continues to advance the evolution of this powerful and exciting approach to human language and cognition.

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It is not often that academic books come along which change your way of seeing things. But this book does just that. It offers an astonishing richness of texts, combining genuinely innovative theory and insight with readable, usable and practical analysis. Joanna Gavins shows Text World theory to be a way of understanding and engaging with texts that will continue to push back frontiers for many years to come. -- Professor Ronald Carter, University of Nottingham Text world theory has long been awaiting a comprehensive and comprehensible introduction. Joanna Gavins' engaging book draws on the rich insights now available in the many strands of cognitive linguistics and discourse studies, and weaves them into her illuminating explanations, analyses and often witty commentary. This work is an excellent textbook. But it is more than that: it is a unified theoretical synthesis which at the same time provides usable tools for practical analysis. -- Paul Chilton, Lancaster University This reader-friendly book makes a valuable contribution to the booming field of cognitive poetics! I hope this stimulating book will attract and inspire increasing academic interest in more in-depth explorations into the fascinating realm of mental representations. -- Zhiying Xin, Xiamen University, China Discourse & Society It is not often that academic books come along which change your way of seeing things. But this book does just that. It offers an astonishing richness of texts, combining genuinely innovative theory and insight with readable, usable and practical analysis. Joanna Gavins shows Text World theory to be a way of understanding and engaging with texts that will continue to push back frontiers for many years to come. Text world theory has long been awaiting a comprehensive and comprehensible introduction. Joanna Gavins' engaging book draws on the rich insights now available in the many strands of cognitive linguistics and discourse studies, and weaves them into her illuminating explanations, analyses and often witty commentary. This work is an excellent textbook. But it is more than that: it is a unified theoretical synthesis which at the same time provides usable tools for practical analysis. This reader-friendly book makes a valuable contribution to the booming field of cognitive poetics! I hope this stimulating book will attract and inspire increasing academic interest in more in-depth explorations into the fascinating realm of mental representations.

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