This edited volume brings together the latest research on fictive interaction, that is the use of the frame of ordinary conversation as a means to structure cognition (talking to oneself), discourse (monologues organized as dialogues), and grammar ("why me? attitude"). This follows prior work on the subject by Esther Pascual and other authors, most of whom are also contributors to this volume. The 17 chapters in the volume explore fictive interaction as a fundamental cognitive phenomenon, as a ubiquitous discourse-structuring device, as a possibly universal linguistic construction, and as an effective communicative strategy in persuasion and language pathology. The data discussed involve a wide variety of unrelated languages (spoken and signed) and modes of communication (oral, written, visual), across cultural contexts and historical time.
The research presented combines linguistics and cognitive science, while bridging the gap between core grammatical studies and modern conversation and discourse analysis. The volume further reaches across what may be the most basic divide in linguistics: that between descriptive, theoretical, and applied linguistics.
1. List of contributors; 2. Acknowledgements; 3. Part I. Introduction; 4. Fictive interaction and the conversation frame: An overview (by Pascual, Esther); 5. Fictive interaction and the nature of linguistic meaning (by Sandler, Sergeiy); 6. Part II. Fictive interaction as cognitive reality; 7. Generic integration templates for fictive communication (by Pagan Canovas, Cristobal); 8. Real, imaginary, or fictive?: Philosophical dialogues in an early Daoist text and its pictorial version (by Xiang, Mingjian); 9. Silent abstractions versus "Look at me" drawings: Corpus evidence that artworks' subject matter affects their fictive speech (by Sullivan, Karen); 10. Part III. Fictive interaction as discourse structure; 11. Persuading and arguing with the reader: Fictive interaction as discourse organizing device in witchcraft pamphlet prefaces (1566-1621) (by Chaemsaithong, Krisda); 12. Invocation or apostrophe?: Prayer and the conversation frame in public discourse (by FitzGerald, William); 13. On discourse-motivated "sorries": Fictive apologies in English, Hungarian, and Romanian (by Demeter, Gusztav); 14. Part IV. Fictive interaction as linguistic construction; 15. What about?: Fictive question-answer pairs for non-information-seeking functions across signed languages (by Jarque Moyano, Maria Josep); 16. Fictive questions in conditionals?: Synchronic and diachronic evidence from German and English (by Leuschner, Torsten); 17. Intonation of fictive vs. actual direct speech in a Brazilian Portuguese corpus (by Matos Rocha, Luiz Fernando); 18. Polish nominal construction involving fictive interaction: Its scope and functions in discourse (by Krolak, Emilia); 19. Evidential fictive interaction (in Ungarinyin and Russian) (by Spronck, Stef); 20. Recursive inflection and grammaticalized fictive interaction in the southwestern Amazon (by Voort, Hein van der); 21. Part V. Fictive interaction as communicative strategy; 22. "Say hello to this ad": The persuasive rhetoric of fictive interaction in marketing (by Brandt, Line); 23. The use of interactive structures as communicative strategy in Dutch and Portuguese aphasic speakers (by Versluis, Christine); 24. Echolalia as communicative strategy: Fictive interaction in the speech of children with autism (by Dornelas, Aline); 25. About the contributors; 26. Author index; 27. Language index; 28. Subject index