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Author & Title: Giorgio Marchetti, Giulio Benedetti and Ahlam Alharbi (Eds.), Attention and Meaning. The Attentional Basis of Meaning, Nova Science Publishers, Hauppauge, NY, 2015


Book description:

Among the cognitive processes involved in the construction of any kind of meaning, attention is fundamental in determining why, how and what we mean. Attention plays a primary role in the process of learning the meanings of words and more generally of acquiring knowledge; signification, discourse and persuasion; perceiving, representing and (re)framing reality; shaping the attitudes of the audience; conveying values and ideologies. Conversely, the meanings of words and more generally, of signs, convey the condensed instructions for the attentional operations one has to perform in order to consciously experience what is expressed through and by them. Language, by addressing and guiding attention in specific ways, helps to select, amplify and support certain semantic components and concepts, and construct and communicate knowledge and values. 
This book is the first to present a comprehensive overview of the extant research on the relationships between attention and meaning. The contributions collected here offer an overview of the most prominent theories and models developed so far that aim to explain how attention determines meaning construction. 
This book will be of interest to students, researchers and teachers in the realm of linguistics, semantics, discourse studies, semiotics, psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, linguistic development, cognitive architectures of language, neuropsychology of linguistic function and social psychology.


Table of Contents: 
Introduction pp.vii-xx 

Chapter 1. Operational Linguistics: A Brief Introduction 
(Giulio Benedetti, Pisa, Italy) pp.1-32 

Chapter 2. Attentional Semantics: An Overview 
(Giorgio Marchetti, Pozzo d’Adda, Italy) pp.33-76 

Chapter 3. Attentional Semantics and Reading 
(Hugo Mari, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUC Minas, Coração Eucarístico Belo Horizonte-MG, Brazil) pp.77-92 

Chapter 4. A Cognitivist Attentional Semantics of Locative Prepositions 
(Kai-Uwe Carstensen, Philosophical Faculty, University of Siegen, Siegen, Germany) pp.93-132 

Chapter 5. Attentional State: From Automatic Detection to Willful Focused Concentration 
(Andrew A. Fingelkurts, Alexander A. Fingelkurts, BM-Science Brain and Mind Technologies Research Centre, Espoo, Finland) pp.133-150 

Chapter 6. Attention and the Experience of Language 
(Todd Oakley, Department of Cognitive Science, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA) pp.151-188 

Chapter 7. Emotions, Attention and Blending 
(Sandra Cavalcante and Josiane Militão, Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – Brazil, Programa de Pós-graduação em Letras, Coração Eucarístico, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil) pp.189-206 

Chapter 8. How Attention Determines Meaning: A Cognitive-Semantic Study of the Steady-State Causatives Remain, Stay, Continue, Keep, Still, On 
(Martina Lampert, English Linguistics – Department of English and Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany) pp.207-240 

Chapter 9. Attention! Death is Mentioned: A Cognitive Semantic Investigation into News Reports of Death 
(Ahlam Alharbi and Mona Bahmani, Taif University, Taif, K.S.A., and others) pp.241-272 

Chapter 10. Attention as the Origin of Meaning Formation 
(Jean M. Mandler, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA) pp.273-290 

Chapter 11. The Evolution of a Hierarchy of Attention 
(Edmund Blair Bolles, Independent Scholar, New York, NY, USA) pp.291-318 

Chapter 12. The Semantics of Sensor Observations Based on Attention 
(Simon Scheider, Christoph Stasch, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Münster, Heisenbergstrasse, Münster, Germany) pp.319-344 

Author Index pp.345-354 

Subject Index pp.355-360


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