Frames revisited: the coherence-inducing function of frames

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Journal of Pragmatics, 2005, 37 (5), pp. 685 - 705
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The subject of this paper is the hearer's1 application to discourse of frames mental knowledge structures that capture the typical features of a situation in order to secure coherence. Having established a working definition of frame, the paper will focus on the relation between text, context, world-knowledge and coherence. Different types of frames (linguistic as well as non-linguistic) and their coherence-inducing functions are discussed with reference to authentic examples. It is shown that the hearer's (re-)constructed coherence of texts is the result of a complex interplay of linguistic (con)text and non-linguistic (frame) knowledge.
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