14.1216, Books: Anthro Ling/Cognitive Science: Nair

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Subject: 14.1216, Books: Anthro Ling/Cognitive Science: Nair

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Date:  Tue, 29 Apr 2003 14:48:56 +0000
From:  bartonm at oup-usa.org
Subject:  Narrative Gravity: Nair

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Date:  Tue, 29 Apr 2003 14:48:56 +0000
From:  bartonm at oup-usa.org
Subject:  Narrative Gravity: Nair


Title: Narrative Gravity
Subtitle: Conversation, Cognition, Culture

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
           http://www.oup-usa.org/, http://www.oup.co.uk
			
Book URL: http://www.oup-usa.org/isbn/0195657004.html
Availability: Available

Author: Rukmini Bhaya Nair, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Paperback: ISBN: 0195657004, Pages: 338 pp, Price: $19.95

Abstract:
			
The core of Narrative Gravity is the idea that we do not make stories
up; our stories make us up. Rukmini Bhaya Nair's remarkable book
builds on Noam Chomsky's key insight that grammar functions as the
inbuilt key to our identity as a symbol-using species. To this role of
grammar as a cognitive tool in enabling us to construct 'selves', she
adds a second tool: narrative. Her book analyzes the way in which
narrative explains the world that is constructed by the sentences
which our grammar enables us to construct.

"A wonderfully subtle account of the psychology of narrative as a
'species of natural theory'."--Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University

"Nair's brilliant study of narrative combines anthropological and
sociolinguistic perspectives with cognitive ones to bring out the
magical impulses that animate this genre."--Michael J. Toolan,
University of Birmingham, author of NARRATIVE: A CRITICAL LINGUISTIC
INTRODUCTION
			
Lingfield(s):   Anthropological Linguistics
		Cognitive Science
		Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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