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Author(s): Andrea Cucatto

Journal: Sintagma : Revista de Lingüística
ISSN 0214-9141

Volume: 15;
Start page: 43;
Date: 2003;
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Keywords: agent | theme | cognitive principles | grammaticalization | causation

ABSTRACT
Linguistic "themes". Agent figurative construction and its relationship with thematization. The aim of this work is to analyze agentivity in language, the processes through which language is grammaticalized in a text/discourse and, especially, its relationship with the complex phenomenon of thematicity. Taking Cognitive Linguistics and its ruling principles --iconicity, prominence and accessibility- as a theoretical and methodological framework, we shall demonstrate how significant correlations between thematic syntagms and agent arguments may be established. Besides, after observing, analyzing and interpreting such correlations we shall posit a set of conceptual features and some specific textual/discursive strategies that will allow us to expound the dynamics present between both themes and agents. Finally, by means of a gradient or scale, we shall establish an alternative way to assess noun syntagms within a text/discourse, thus proving that the higher the agentive value that may be assigned to each one of them, the higher their possibility of reaching textual/discursive traits of superior hierarchy, that is, they will have the possibility to have access to a higher status in the representational levels and, consequently, they will contribute in a greater degree to the construction of the conveyed meaning. (Spanish text).
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