Discourse Description

Diverse linguistic analyses of a fund-raising text

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Discourse Description presents in one convenient volume a variety of approaches to text description that have been proposed in the linguistic literature in the last decade or so. The book is organized to make it easy to understand and compare the various approaches. Since all of the researchers are analyzing the same text, their differences are readily seen.
The text they analyze is a letter, mailed in bulk by a Washington-based lobbying organization which is supported by contributions from donors. Far from simply informing the readers, the letter seeks to appeal to them on many levels, intellectual, emotional, and financial. It is a fascinating study in how texts do their work.
Discourse Description is expected to serve both as a research document and as a case textbook for graduate and undergraduate courses in discourse and text analysis, as well as a resource for text analysts.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 16]  1992.  xiii, 409 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction
vii
I. Text Organization
1
Text as Purposive Communication: A Meaning-based Analysis
Kathleen Callow and John C. Callow
5
Rhetorical Structure Theory and Text Analysis
William C. Mann, Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen and Sandra A. Thompson
39
An Analysis of a Plea for Money
Bonnie J.F. Meyer
79
The Discourse Strategy of an Appeals Letter
Robert E. Longacre
109
The Notion of Unspecific versus Specific as one Way of Analysing the Information of a Fund-Raising Letter
Eugene Winter
131
An Integrated Three-Pronged Analysis of a Fund-Raising Letter
Michael P. Jordan
171
How I Understand a Text — via the Structure of the Happenings and the Telling of Them
Evelyn G. Pike
227
II. Lexico-Grammatical Approaches to the Text
263
The Flow of Ideas in a Sample of Written Language
Wallace Chafe
267
The ZPG Letter: Subjects, Definiteness, and Information-status
Ellen F. Prince
295
Some Lexicogrammatical Features of the Zero Population Growth Text
M.A.K. Halliday †
327
Macro-Proposals: Meaning by Degree
J.R. Martin
359
Collocation and Field of Discourse
James D. Benson and William S. Greaves
397
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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