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Szawerna, Michał. "On Developing a Cognitive Account of Comics." Language, Thought and Education: Across Systems. Eds. Marek Kuczyński and Leszek Szymański. Zielona Góra: Oficyna Wydawnicza Uniwersytetu Zielonogórskiego, 2013. 131–47. 
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Resource type: Book Chapter
Language: en: English
BibTeX citation key: Szawerna2013a
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Categories: General
Keywords: Cognition, Definition, Language, Narratology
Creators: Kuczyński, Szawerna, Szymański
Publisher: Oficyna Wydawnicza Uniwersytetu Zielonogórskiego (Zielona Góra)
Collection: Language, Thought and Education: Across Systems
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This paper focuses on how comics achieve meaning. As regards its goals, one is to contribute to comics studies by presenting the rudiments of a comprehensive approach to characterizing the semantic potential of comics. As this paper argues for a broad-based approach informed by theoretical as well as applied cognitive linguistics, it also aims to contribute to the cognitive linguistic paradigm by extending its boundaries to encompass the study of the semantics of comics. To study the capacity of comics for meaning, it is necessary to specify what comics are and then look at the kind of meaning they convey as well as the means they employ to convey it. These are the concerns that determine the structure of this paper, which is composed of three sections. The first section addresses a problem that is fundamental for any theory of comics: the definition of its object of study. Specifically, this section demonstrates the complexity of what is commonly referred to as comics and suggests a principled way of formulating a comprehensive account of this complex concept. In turn, the second section identifies the type of meaning associated with comics as narrative meaning, discusses the multiple facets of the narrative meaning of comics, sheds light on the process whereby this type of meaning emerges, and states the reasons for exploring it systematically with the use of the analytical instruments developed by cognitive linguists. As concerns the third, and final, section of this paper, it elaborates on the ways in which these analytical instruments can be productively employed in characterizing the semantic structure of comics.
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