Discourse Patterns in Spoken and Written Corpora

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Karin Aijmer, Anna-Brita Stenström
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 273 pages
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This book brings together a number of empirical studies that use corpora to study discourse patterns in speech and writing. It explores new trends in the area of text and discourse characterized by the alliance between text linguistics and areas such as corpus linguistics, genre analysis, literary stylistics and cross-linguistic studies. The contributions to the volume show how established corpora can be used to ask a number of new questions about the interface between speech and writing, the relation between grammar and discourse, academic discourse, cohesive markers, stylistic devices such as metaphor, deixis and non-verbal communication. The corpora used for text-analysis can also be tailor-made for the study of particular genres such as journal article abstracts, lectures, e-mailing list messages, headlines and titles. A recent development is to bring in contrastive data from bilingual corpora to show what is language-specific in the organization of the text.
 

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Contents

The cataphoric indexicality of titles
17
Cataphoric complexity in spoken English
39
The role of multiple themes in cohesion
65
Dialogical coherence? Patterns of cohesion in facetoface conversation
89
Gestural and symbolic uses of the deictic here in academic lectures
113
The discourse function of contrastive connectors in academic abstracts
139
The discourse functions of I dont know in English conversation
157
Theyre a little bit different Observations on hedges in academic talk
173
The metadiscursive role
199
A functional perspective
219
The importance of context
245
Index of names
267
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