Man and message: a guide to meaning-based text analysis
Summer Institute of Linguistics and University Press of America, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 383 pages
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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WHICH COME FIRST WORDS OR MEANINGS?
PERSON TO PERSON
COMMUNICATING MESSAGES PURPOSIVELY
COMMUNICATING MESSAGES WITH SEVERAL PURPOSES
THE SHAPING OF LONGER MESSAGES
THE MESSAGE AS A UNIT
PROPOSITIONALISING A TEXT
THE MEANING STRUCTURE OF A TEXT
SCHEMATIC AND NONSCHEMATIC MESSAGE PATTERNS
DETERMINING THE BOUNDARIES