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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

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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