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Discourse analysis

Author: Gillian Brown; George Yule
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1983.
Series: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Discourse analysis is a term which has come to have different interpretations for scholars working in different disciplines. For a sociolinguist, it is concerned mainly with the structre 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  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Gillian Brown; George Yule
ISBN: 0521241448 0521284759 9780521241441 9780521284752
OCLC Number: 9131532
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xii, 288 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I: Introduction: linguistic forms and function --
The functions of language --
Spoken and written language --
Sentence and utterance --
Part II: The role of context in interpretation --
Pragmatics and discourse context --
The context of situation --
The expanding context --
The principles of 'local interpretation' and of 'analogy' --
Part III: Topic and the representation of discourse content --
Discourse fragments and the notion of 'topic' --
Sentential topic --
Discourse topic --
Relevance and speaking topically --
Speaker's topic --
Topic boundary makers --
Discourse topic and the representation of discourse content --
Problems with the proposition-based representation of discourse content --
Memory for text-content: story-grammars --
Representing text-content as a network --
Part IV: 'Staging' and the representation of discourse structure --
The linearisation problem --
Theme --
Thematisation and 'staging' --
Part V: Information structure --
The structure of information --
Information structure and syntactic form --
Th psychological status of 'givenness' --
Conclusion --
Part VI: The nature of reference in text and in discourse --
What is 'text'? --
Discourse reference --
Pronouns in discourse --
Part VII: Coherence in the interpretation of discourse --
Coherence in discourse --
Computing communicative function --
Speech acts --
Using knowledge of the world --
Top-down and bottom-up processing --
Representing background knowledge --
Determining the inferences to be made --
Inferences as missing links --
Inferences and non-automatic connections ---
Inferences as filling in gaps or discontinuities in interpretation --
Series Title: Cambridge textbooks in linguistics.
Responsibility: Gillian Brown, George Yule.
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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  Read more...


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'This book makes for absorbing reading. It is very well-written, inspiring and clear. It is indispensable literature for anyone working in the field of discourse analysis.' Journal of Semantics

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