n Literator : Journal of Literary Criticism, Comparative Linguistics and Literary Studies - Betekeniskonstruksie as kreatiewe proses : 'n tekslinguistiese benadering : research article

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2279
  • E-ISSN: 2219-8237



The creative process of meaning construction : a text-linguistic approach

The main aim of this article is to explore the usefulness of text linguistics indetermining how and why a literary text creates meaning. In order toachieve this aim, the unique way in which a writer or reader creates a textby means of lexico-grammatical and conceptual elements is discussed.The meaningfulness of the linguistic analysis of literary texts is thenillustrated by an analysis of T.T. Cloete's poem "Blydskap". Lexical cohesionis emphasized and this cohesive device is used as a strategy toindicate how meaningful patterns are created in the text. This analysisillustrates that the methods of text linguistics indeed provide useful tools forexamining the construction of meaning in a text.

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