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LIP Event: Constructing Contexts through Grammar: Cognitive Models and Conceptualisation in British Newspaper Reports of Political Protests

Date: 22 November 2012 Time: 5.30-6.30 pm

Venue: Fylde Lecture Theatre 3

LIP Event

Christopher Hart* (Northumbria University) - Constructing Contexts through Grammar: Cognitive Models and Conceptualisation in British Newspaper Reports of Political Protests

In this talk, I develop further the Cognitive Linguistic Approach to CDA by aligning it with the Socio-Cognitive Approach. Specifically, I argue that the mental models postulated in the Socio-Cognitive Approach can be theorised in terms of image schemas rather than as propositional structures. Following Langacker, such image schemas, it is suggested, can undergo further 'focal adjustments' to direct readers attention to different facets of the scene described. These conceptual processes, I argue, are the site of ideological reproduction and the means through which discursive strategies are realised as alternative grammatical patternings invoke in the minds of readers, alternative conceptualisations of events. I apply this framework in a comparative analysis of online press reports of violence during the Student Fee Protests in November 2010.

* Christopher Hart is a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Linguistics at Northumbria University. His main research interests lie in cognitive and naturalistic approches to language, manipulation and ideology. In particular, he advocates a Cognitive Linguistic approach to Critical Discourse Analysis, which he has applied primarily in studies of anti-immigration discourse. The principle aim of this approach is to demonstrate theoretically how linguistic constructions in texts can impact on the way that socio-political situations and events are conceptualised. He is also interested in relationships between argument and adapted cognition, drawing on a theoretical synergy between Evolutionary Psychology and Argumentation Theory. Other areas of interest include cognitive lexical semantics, cognitive metaphor theory, corpus linguistics, and cognitive pragmatics.

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