Discourse Analysis

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 28, 1983 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 288 pages
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Discourse analysis is a term that has come to have different interpretations for scholars working in different disciplines. For a sociolinguist, it is concerned mainly with the structure of social interaction manifested in conversation; for a psycholinguist, it is primarily concerned with the nature of comprehension of short written texts; for the computational linguist, it is concerned with producing operational models of text-understanding within highly limited contexts. In this textbook, first published in 1983, the authors provide an extensive overview of the many and diverse approaches to the study of discourse, but base their own approach centrally on the discipline which, to varying degrees, is common to them all - linguistics. Using a methodology which has much in common with descriptive linguistics, they offer a lucid and wide-ranging account of how forms of language are used in communication. Their principal concern is to examine how any language produced by man, whether spoken or written, is used to communicate for a purpose in a context.
 

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Contents

Introduction linguistic forms and functions
xiii
12 Spoken and written language
xvi
13 Sentence and utterance
19
The role of context in interpretation
27
22 The context of situation
35
23 The expanding context
50
24 The principles of local interpretation and of analogy
58
Topic and the representation of discourse content
68
52 Information structure and syntactic form
169
53 The psychological status of givenness
179
54 Conclusion
188
The nature of reference in text and in discourse
190
62 Discourse reference
204
63 Pronouns in discourse
214
Coherence in the interpretation of discourse
223
72 Computing communicative function
226

32 Sentential topic
70
33 Discourse topic
71
34 Relevance and speaking topically
83
35 Speakers topic
87
36 Topic boundary markers
94
37 Discourse topic and the representation of discourse content
106
38 Problems with the propositionbased representation of discourse content
114
storygrammars
116
310 Representing textcontent as a network
121
Staging and the representation of discourse structure
125
42 Theme
126
43 Thematisation and staging
133
Information structure
153
73 Speech acts
231
74 Using knowledge of the world
233
75 Topdown and bottomup processing
234
76 Representing background knowledge
236
77 Determining the inferences to be made
256
78 Inferences as missing links
257
79 Inferences as nonautomatic connections
260
710 Inferences as filling in gaps or discontinuities in interpretation
265
711 Conclusion
270
References
272
SUBJECT INDEX
284
AUTHOR INDEX
286
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