Discourse on the Move: Using Corpus Analysis to Describe Discourse Structure

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 289 pages
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Discourse on the Move is the first book-length exploration of how corpus-based methods can be used for discourse analysis, applied to the description of discourse organization. The primary goal is to bring these two analytical perspectives together: undertaking a detailed discourse analysis of each individual text, but doing so in terms that can be generalized across all texts of a corpus. The book explores two major approaches to this task: 'top-down' and 'bottom-up'. In the 'top-down' approach, the functional components of a genre are determined first, and then all texts in a corpus are analyzed in terms of those components. In contrast, textual components emerge from the corpus analysis in the bottom-up approach, and the discourse organization of individual texts is then analyzed in terms of linguistically-defined textual categories. Both approaches are illustrated through case studies of discourse structure in particular genres: fund-raising letters, biology/biochemistry research articles, and university classroom teaching.
 

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ISBN 9789027223029 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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中图分类号 H030
主要款目 Biber, Douglas..
题名 Discourse on the move : using corpus analysis to describe discourse structure / Douglas Biber, Ulla Connor, Thomas A. Upton. [monograph]
出版 Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., c2007.
描述 xii, 289 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
丛编 Studies in corpus linguistics, ;ISSN:1388-0373 ; v. 28
书目 Includes bibliographical references (p. [273]-285) and index.
主题 - LC Discourse analysis -- Data processing.
附加款目 Connor, Ulla, 1948-
Upton, Thomas A. (Thomas Albin)
 

Contents

CHAPTER
7
Corpusbased investigation of discourse structure
10
Creating a specialized corpus for discourse analysis
17
Introduction to move analysis
23
Move analysis of research articles applied across genres
29
Using a corpusbased approach to move analysis
36
Identifying and analyzing rhetorical moves in philanthropic discourse
43
Tracking the use of stance structures
61
Introduction to the identification and analysis of vocabularybased
155
Automatic identification of VBDUs in texts
161
Using VBDUs to analyze the discourse structure of texts
169
Vocabularybased discourse units in biology research articles
175
Comparing the multidimensional characteristics of research article
184
Identifying and interpreting the multidimensional text types of biology
190
Starting and ending research article sections
196
Preferred text type sequences across research article section
203

Final thoughts
68
Description of the corpus
75
Coding moves in the corpus of biochemistry research articles
83
Linguistic variation among move categories in biochemistry research
90
Multidimensional variation among move types within the same
103
chapter 5
109
Rhetorical appeals in fundraising
121
Analysis segmentation and classification
132
Appeals and discourse structure of letters
141
chapter 8
213
Dimension scores and VBDU texttypes
221
From VBDU texttypes to discourse structure
230
Summary and conclusion
237
Summary and prospects for future research
258
Appendix 2
267
References
273
Index
287
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