Language and literature

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The linguistic processing of poetry involves focus on the verbatim form of the line as a whole unit in working memory, with epistemic and affective consequences. The form of text can also be part of its meaning. Language is used in narrative to structure the represented world and engage us in specific ways with its fictional people. Linguistic form in literature can be different in interesting ways from ordinary language: attenuated, deviant, and with added regularities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences
EditorsJames Wright
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • aesthetics
  • alliteration
  • interpretation
  • markedness
  • parallelism
  • poetic function
  • syntax
  • working memory

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Fabb, N. (2015). Language and literature. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed., Vol. 13, pp. 266-271).