Text Structure: Movie Scripts

Cognitive Philology, Vol. 5, 2012

13 Pages Posted: 4 Feb 2020

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Nelly Tincheva

Saint Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia

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

Suggested Citation

Tincheva, Nelly, Text Structure: Movie Scripts (November 20, 2012). Cognitive Philology, Vol. 5, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2178307

Nelly Tincheva (Contact Author)

Saint Clement of Ohrid University of Sofia ( email )

15 Tzar Osvoboditel Blvd
Faculty of Classical and Modern Languages
Sofia, 1113

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