Text Structure: Movie Scripts
Cognitive Philology, Vol. 5, 2012
13 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2020
Date Written: November 20, 2012
The structure of whole texts is, arguably, one of the first objects of (pre-) linguistic analysis. Even the earliest forms of Rhetoric explorations focused on it. But what is text structure in reality? How can it be explained from a cognitive standpoint? How does it exist as a human mental phenomenon?
Taking a mental operations and simulation perspective, the present paper offers a typology of text structure(s).
It seeks confirmation for the hypothesized types of text structure within the latest cognition-based studies.
The examples provided come from the text-type of film scripts, and, more precisely, the scripts of the first two seasons of the BBC’s Sherlock series.
Keywords: mental constructs, cognitive mechanisms, overall text structure, superstructure, movie script structure
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