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Encoding Surprise in English Novels: an enunciative approach

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After studying surprise words of variable intensity, I presently turn to “mirative” clause constructions conveying surprise in the same type of literary corpus data in English, providing an enunciative treatment of characters as experiencers, not agents at first. Culioli’s T(P)EO defines surprise as the deconstruction of expectation in that the outcome of a situation is other than expected, valued positively or negatively according to the subjects’ norms. The linguistic encoding of surprise relates to prior subjective representations which the characters’ referents have to abandon when confronted with something new: unusual, unknown, or unthinkable. The communicative situation thus requires them to manage a certain otherness, necessitating some kind of agentive response in terms of adjustment to a new state of affairs.
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hal-02383116 , version 1 (27-11-2019)

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Catherine Filippi-Deswelle. Encoding Surprise in English Novels: an enunciative approach. Natalie Depraz and Agnès celle. Surprise at the Intersection of Phenomenology and Linguistics, 11, John Benjamins, pp.59-75, 2019, Consciousness and Emotion Book Series, 9789027203281. ⟨hal-02383116⟩
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