Psycholinguistic Aspects of Narrative Discourse

  • Ernest E. Ivashkevych Rivne State University of the Humanities
Keywords: narrative discourse, visual emphasis, focalization of information, metanarrative presentation of the text, contrasting visual linkings, actualization of narrative potential


The author of this article underlines that studying narrative discourse in the English literature and its psycholinguistic aspects it’s very useful to admit at once that such kind of discourse plays a great role in all kinds of genre of art literature. In a case we have a deal with graphic novels it’s more suitable to show and to underline psycholinguistic peculiarities or aspects of narrative discourse.

It was underlined that the important part of comic book narration was also the point of view: who was watching and what was the object of this gaze; if a character was looking at something and in the next panel we were shown this object of this gaze, the reader was positioned as this character. This type of positioning is essential in comic book narration, as it has the possibility of affecting the meanings linked with the reading of the comic.

Analyzing “Watchmen”, the author of this article proposed such psycholinguistic aspects of narrative discourse, as: visual emphasis; focalization of information; metanarrative presentation of the text; contrasting visual linkings; actualization of narrative potential.


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Ivashkevych, E. E. (2016). Psycholinguistic Aspects of Narrative Discourse. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, (20(1), 87-97. Retrieved from