A Semiotic Approach to Fictive Interaction as a Representational Strategy in Communicative Meaning Construction
Mental Spaces in Discourse and Interaction, Todd Oakley and Anders Hougaard (eds.), John Benjamins Publishing Company: pp. 109-148.
42 Pages Posted: 19 Jan 2017
Date Written: 2008
This chapter examines a phenomenon characterized in Pascual 2002 as fictive interaction (FI): signifying states and attitudes by the enactment of an invented verbal interaction. The phenomenon is examined as a representational strategy in meaning construction at two levels of linguistic manifestation: discourse and syntax. Data include examples of utterances that function metonymically at the syntactic level, as well as four examples of FI in discourse, among them Fauconnier & Turner's "Debate with Kant" example. The four discourse examples are claimed to each exemplify one of four general types of semiotic blends. While I argue that analysis in terms of semiotic integration of mental spaces can account for examples at the discourse level, I propose to view examples at the syntactic level in terms of an invented communicative scenario evoked by an embedded dramatized enunciation which can be characterized as either generic or ascribed to a particular person.
Keywords: fictive interaction, meaning construction, enunciation, conceptual integration, mental spaces, blending, semiotic base space, representation, virtuality, dramatization, construal, fictive motion, intersubjectivity, pragmatics
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