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Discourse Analysis : Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics - Gillian Brown

Discourse Analysis

Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics

Paperback Published: 26th September 1983
ISBN: 9780521284752
Number Of Pages: 302

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Discourse analysis is a term that has come to have different interpretations for scholars working in different disciplines. For a sociolinguist, it is concerned mainly with the structure 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 models of text-understanding within highly limited contexts. In this textbook, 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 discipline which, to varying degrees, is common to them all - linguistics. Using a methodology which has much in common with descriptive linguistics, they offer a lucid and wide-ranging account of how forms of language are used in communication. Their principal concern is to examine how any language produced by man, whether spoken or written, is used to communicate for a purpose in a context. The discussion is carefully illustrated throughout by a wide variety of discourse types (conversations recorded in different social situations, extracts from newspapers, notices, contemporary fiction, graffiti, etc.). The techniques of analysis are described and exemplified in sufficient detail for the student to be able to apply them to any language in context that he or she encounters. A familiarity with elementary linguistics is assumed, but the range of issues discussed in conjunction with the variety of exemplification presented will make this a valuable and stimulating textbook not only for students of linguistics, but for any reader who wishes to investigate the principles underlying the use of language in natural contexts to communicate and understand intended meaning.

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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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Introduction: linguistic forms and functions
The role of context in interpretation
Topic and the representation of discourse content
'Staging' and the representation of discourse structure
Information structure
The nature of reference in text and in discourse
Coherence in the interpretation of discourse
Subject index
Author index
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ISBN: 9780521284752
ISBN-10: 0521284759
Series: Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 26th September 1983
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48

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