Help Privacy Policy Disclaimer
  Advanced SearchBrowse




Journal Article

Showing with words


Auracher,  Jan       
Department of Language and Literature, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society;
Konan University Kobe, Japan;

External Resource
No external resources are shared
Fulltext (restricted access)
There are currently no full texts shared for your IP range.
Fulltext (public)
There are no public fulltexts stored in PuRe
Supplementary Material (public)
There is no public supplementary material available

Auracher, J., & Bosch, H. (2016). Showing with words. Scientific Study of Literature, 6(2), 208-242. doi:10.1075/ssol.6.2.03aur.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-2AD6-8
In the current study, we explored the hypothesis that the level of language concreteness influences readers&#8217; emotional involvement and, thus, fosters the evocation of suspense. To this end, 141 suspenseful texts with comparable content were assessed altogether by 1226 participants on items referring to emotional involvement and suspense. A concreteness score per text was calculated from the ratio between concrete and abstract verbs. Additionally, participants were asked to provide personal data, such as sex, age, or reading habits, and to answer items referring to their ability to feel empathy (trait empathy). Applying a stepwise multiple regression analysis we found that language concreteness is one significant predictor for emotional involvement and suspense (next to <i>affinity for suspense</i> and <i>trait empathy</i>). These results are discussed with respect to their implications on the nature of suspense and on the so-called <i>paradox of suspense</i>.