Sanja J. Ignjatović


The objective of the paper is to highlight the interconnectedness of the
fundamental concepts studied by cognitive linguistics and the character of
narrative analysis as performed in cognitive poetics. For this reason, we deal
with only two fundamental processes underlying communication, and therefore
narrative discourse: conceptualization and categorization, both relevant for
better understanding of how narrative construction, as well as reception,
ultimately function. Cognitive and cultural models, as relevant for literary
interpretation, are discussed for the purpose of explicating how it is possible,
frstly, to achieve specifc meaning in the process of narrative progression;
secondly, how these structures enable, influence and facilitate comprehension
both on the level of elements and the entire discourse, but also how they guide
attention and support salience – motivate the prominence of some elements as
opposed to other. In this paper, cognitive poetics is discussed as an instrument
or method which facilitates the manner in which narratives are interpreted – a
methodical perspective rather than a substitute for literary theory and criticism.


cognitive poetics, conceptualization, categorization, interdisciplinary approach, narratology

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