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

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

Hardback Studies in Corpus Linguistics

By (author) Douglas Biber, By (author) Ulla Connor, By (author) Thomas A. Upton

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  • Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Format: Hardback | 303 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 246mm x 25mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 15 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Amsterdam
  • ISBN 10: 9027223025
  • ISBN 13: 9789027223029
  • Sales rank: 2,117,538

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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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Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. 1. Discourse analysis and corpus linguistics; 3. Part I. Top-down analysis of discourse organization; 4. 2. Introduction to move analysis (by Kanoksilapatham, Budsaba); 5. 3. Identifying and analyzing rhetorical moves in philanthropic discourse; 6. 4. Rhetorical moves in biochemistry research articles (by Kanoksilapatham, Budsaba); 7. 5. Rhetorical appeals in fundraising (by Anthony, Molly); 8. Part II. Bottom-up analyses of discourse organization; 9. 6. Introduction to the identification and analysis of vocabulary-based discourse units (by Csomay, Eniko); 10. 7. Vocabulary-based discourse units in biology research articles (by Jones, James K.); 11. 8. Vocabulary-based discourse units in university class sessions (by Csomay, Eniko); 12. Conclusion: Comparing the analytical approaches; 13. Appendix 1: A brief introduction to multi-dimensional analysis; 14. Appendix 2: Grammatical and lexico-grammatical features included in the multi-dimensional analyses; 15. References; 16. Index