This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Imagination und Animation [Imagination and Animation. The Creation of Mental Spaces through Animated Speech]
Die Herstellung mentaler Räume durch animierte Rede
De Gruyter linguae & litterae / Publications of the School of Language and Literature Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies 7
* Analysis of imagination in conversation from a conversation-analysis perspective * Combination of interactional linguistics and cognitive semantics * Empirical basis (corpus of German and Spanish conversations)
Imagination in conversations: This book explores a mental phenomenon from a conversation analytic perspective. It analyses sequences from interactions in which the speakers assume the roles of characters, animate what they say and put themselves in an imagined scene. Imagination is understood as conversational activity and mental phenomenon to establish a shared cognition. The study provides an important contribution to the topic of imagination and impressively combines the research fields of interactional linguistics and cognitive semantics.