• Oleksandr Roshchupkin Kyiv National LInguistic University, Ukraine



locative construction, allocentric and egocentric coordinate systems, narrative space, literary discourse, Gothic fiction, spatial frame, frame of reference, container image-scheme


The article deals with the problem of spatial orientation and discourse factors that influence the way narrative space is constructed in Gothic fiction. The focus in the article is made
on the locative construction, which within the framework of construction grammar is taken as the main means of expressing spatial relations both on the syntactic and the semantic levels.
The distinctions between different spatial frames, reference and coordinate systems are used to account for the peculiarities of spatial organization of the narrative. The article concludes that the way space in a Gothic narrative is constructed is influenced both by the way we as human
being tend to perceive and relate the locations of objects to each other and ourselves and the literary conventions pertaining to the genre, which create certain expectations that a given narrative ought to comply with.


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