Discourse Structure and Anaphora

Discourse Structure and Anaphora : Written and Conversational English

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Barbara Fox's thoughtful study examines the use of anaphora in both written and spoken discourse. Any treatment of anaphora must consider the hierarchical of its source texts-type. Texts may be produced and heard or read linearly, but they are designed and understood hierarchically. Discourse Structure and Anaphora goes beyond the information processing concerns of cognitive science to assess the critical role played in all text-types by social, interactional and affective factors. It also considers the fact that texts are organised by socially accepted conventions. Using conversation analysis and rhetorical structure analysis, this book looks at the distribution of pronouns and full noun phrases in three different genres of English, taking data from naturally occurring face-to-face and telephone conversations, small newspaper and magazine articles and a psychoanalytic biography.
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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 1139237977
  • 9781139237970

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Conversation analysis; 3. Anaphora in conversational English; 4. Rhetorical structure analysis; 5. Anaphora in expository written English texts; 6. Anaphora in expository written and conversational English; 7. Conclusions.
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"...is a tightly argued, well-documented, innovative reformulation of the theory of anaphora that should have an impact on thinking about anaphora in discourse." Studies in Second Language Learning
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