[Humanist] 22.346 affect in text-analysis?

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Fri Nov 21 17:46:07 CET 2008

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 346.
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        Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 11:33:02 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: affect in text-analysis

In a recent lecture, the philosopher Peter Railton pointed to research 
in cognitive psychology that demonstrates the importance of affect in 
reading. His argument was that affect kicks in prior to any semantic 
relationship to the writing, that which it depicts etc, and helps to 
determine how meaning is formed.

Does this not mean that affect has to enter into text-analysis? And how 
might that be done?


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