Man and message: a guide to meaning-based text analysis

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Summer Institute of Linguistics and University Press of America, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 383 pages
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Copublished with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, Man and Message provides a practical method of analyzing texts based on a cognitive, multilevel model of meaning presented in simple, non-technical language for a wide audience. It begins with a demonstration of human communications as grounded in a cognitive and language-independent meaning base, and details the non-verbal nature of meaning, purpose, conceptualization, thematic patterns, and coherence-providing relations. Then the model is applied to a variety of English texts by dividing it into subunits and displaying their inter-relations at all levels. Each chapter provides pointers in analyses that can be applied to any text in any language. The approach to analysis from a standpoint of cognition realized in language, rather than based in the language itself makes this an original and effective guide for text analysis of any kind in any language.

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Contents

WHICH COME FIRST WORDS OR MEANINGS?
13
PERSON TO PERSON
35
MOSTLY THOUGHTS
49
MOSTLY WORDS
69
COMMUNICATING MESSAGES PURPOSIVELY
97
COMMUNICATING MESSAGES WITH SEVERAL PURPOSES
127
THE SHAPING OF LONGER MESSAGES
149
THE MESSAGE AS A UNIT
169
THE THEME
229
REFERENTIAL RELATIONS
249
PRESENTATIONAL RELATIONS
279
THE PROPOSITION
301
PROPOSITIONALISING A TEXT
325
THE MEANING STRUCTURE OF A TEXT
339
CONCLUSION
363
INDEX
377

SCHEMATIC AND NONSCHEMATIC MESSAGE PATTERNS
187
DETERMINING THE BOUNDARIES
209
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About the author (1998)

\Kathleen Callow has written one other book and several articles on linguistics and discourse and is an International Translation Consultant with Summer Institute of Linguistics.