If pictures are stative, what does this mean for discourse interpretation?

  • Daniel Altshuler
  • Julian Schlöder

Abstract

The goal of this paper is to explore the consequences of adopting Abusch (2014)’s hypothesis about pictures—that they are stative depictions of the world—for the interpreta-tion of discourses. We focus on the phenomenon of narrative progression and reject Abusch’s proposal that aspectual differences between linguistic and pictorial narrative do not factor in providing a uniform analysis across media. Based on eventive-stative sequences in linguistic narrative, we develop a new answer within Segmented Discourse Representation Theory. We state a single pragmatic algorithm that exploits the aspectual differences between linguistic and pictorial narratives to derive the correct predictions.
Published
2021-09-16
How to Cite
Altshuler, D., & Schlöder, J. (2021). If pictures are stative, what does this mean for discourse interpretation?. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 25, 19-36. https://doi.org/10.18148/sub/2021.v25i0.922