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Discourse analysis /

by Brown, Gillian; Yule, George.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics. Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983Description: xii, 288 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0521241448 :; 9780521241441; 0521284759 (pbk.) :; 9780521284752.Subject(s): Discourse analysisOnline resources: Table of contents | Publisher description | WorldCat details | E-book Fulltext
Contents:
Table of contents 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.
Summary: 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.
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Includes indexes.

Bibliography: p. 272-283.

Table of contents 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.

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.

English

Sagar Shahanawaz

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