chapter  10
The role of religion
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The last chapter brought us to a point where we applied a spatial model of human discourse processing to two contrasting, indeed conflicting, texts arising at a moment that will, one assumes, be judged to be of considerable historical importance. This enabled us to see the way in which language is used by political actors to communicate representations of a divided world. But this point raises more questions than it answers. So the present chapter aims to open up some of these questions for future research and thinking. What the spatial analysis of Chapter 9 showed us was the intricacy of opposing mental representations, though also some of the strange commonalities and symmetries between them. We also saw how contexts, viewed as knowledge bases, are essential to understanding communication, but also recruited in varying ways for varying ends.