Barbara Dancygier

LSA 222: Narrative and viewpoint

Barbara Dancygier is Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada). Her areas of research include cognitive linguistics (especially mental spaces theory, conceptual integration theory, and construction grammar), pragmatics, and cognitive approaches to literary and narrative discourse. She is the author of Conditionals and Prediction (Cambridge UP 1998) and co-author (with Eve Sweetser) of Mental Spaces in Grammar (Cambridge UP 2005). She also edited a special issue of the journal Language and Literature (15.1, February 2006) on the applications of blending in literary analysis. She has published a number of articles, primarily on grammatical constructions in English and Polish (conditionals and other adverbial constructions, reflexives, genitives), on referential expressions (proper names and pronouns) and on narrative viewpoint. She is currently working on a book on the linguistic analysis of fictional narratives in terms of blending theory, as well as co-editing a volume (with Eve Sweetser) on the concept of viewpoint in various communicative contexts (grammar, narrative discourse, gesture, sign language, etc.).

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