Brown, Gillian.

Discourse analysis / Gillian Brown, George Yule. - Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983. - xii, 288 p. ; 24 cm. - Cambridge textbooks in linguistics .

Includes indexes.

Bibliography: p. 272-283.

Part I: Introduction: linguistic forms and function --
The functions of language --
Spoken and written language --
Sentence and utterance --
Part II: The role of context in interpretation --
Pragmatics and discourse context --
The context of situation --
The expanding context --
The principles of 'local interpretation' and of 'analogy' --
Part III: Topic and the representation of discourse content --
Discourse fragments and the notion of 'topic' --
Sentential topic --
Discourse topic --
Relevance and speaking topically --
Speaker's topic --
Topic boundary makers --
Discourse topic and the representation of discourse content --
Problems with the proposition-based representation of discourse content --
Memory for text-content: story-grammars --
Representing text-content as a network --
Part IV: 'Staging' and the representation of discourse structure --
The linearisation problem --
Theme --
Thematisation and 'staging' --
Part V: Information structure --
The structure of information --
Information structure and syntactic form --
Th psychological status of 'givenness' --
Conclusion --
Part VI: The nature of reference in text and in discourse --
What is 'text'? --
Discourse reference --
Pronouns in discourse --
Part VII: Coherence in the interpretation of discourse --
Coherence in discourse --
Computing communicative function --
Speech acts --
Using knowledge of the world --
Top-down and bottom-up processing --
Representing background knowledge --
Determining the inferences to be made --
Inferences as missing links --
Inferences and non-automatic connections ---
Inferences as filling in gaps or discontinuities in interpretation --
Conclusion. Table of contents

Summary:
In this textbook, first published in 1983, the authors provide an extensive overview of the many and diverse approaches to the study of discourse.




0521241448 : 9780521241441 0521284759 (pbk.) : 9780521284752

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Discourse analysis.

P302 / .B76 1983

401.41 / BRD 1983

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