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Cognitive Linguistics

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Volume 17, Issue 2


Fictive interaction within the sentence: A communicative type of fictivity in grammar

Esther Pascual
Published Online: 2006-08-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COG.2006.006


This paper examines the intersection of language, interaction and cognition. Specifically, a communicative type of fictivity is discussed, which I call fictive verbal interaction or simply fictive interaction (Pascual 2002). This constitutes a self-sufficient discourse unit conceptualized within a non-factive communicative occurrence, which functions syntactically and semantically as a grammatical constituent. Attested examples at different syntactic levels are dealt with. These levels are: (i) the clause (e.g., The attitude that, yes, I can do it); (ii) the phrase (e.g., The attitude of yes, I can do it.); and (iii) the lexical item (e.g., The ‘yes, I can do it’ attitude).

Keywords: fictive interaction; fictivity; face-to-face conversation; direct speech; communicative metonymy; intersubjectivity

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Received: 2005-01-01

Received: 2005-10-10

Published Online: 2006-08-11

Published in Print: 2006-07-01

Citation Information: Cognitive Linguistics, Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 245–267, ISSN (Online) 1613-3641, ISSN (Print) 0936-5907, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/COG.2006.006.

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