Discourse Topics

ORCID logoRichard Watson Todd | King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi
ISBN 9789027256744 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027266224 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Discourse topics are a frequently mentioned but rarely operationalised concept in linguistics. Taking a text linguistic approach and defining discourse topics as clusterings of concepts, this book examines and compares methods for investigating topic boundaries, topic identification and topic development. The first book to be devoted to topics in extended discourse, Discourse Topics examines topics in several genres and generates new insights into the nature of discourse topics that challenge the status quo. It is essential reading for researchers in linguistics, discourse analysis, natural language processing and psychology whose work concerns topics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 269] 2016.  xv, 304 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book investigates 'topic' from a discourse analytic perspective. It makes a major contribution to our understanding of the ways in which topics are launched, developed and managed in spoken discourse. Importantly, Richard Watson Todd provides a comprehensive description of appropriate methodologies for investigating topic, an invaluable and much needed feature of the book. Discourse Topics will be an extremely useful resource for anyone interested in studying or researching this often overlooked aspect of discourse analysis.”
“This is an important book on an important but neglected concept; it is original, scholarly and accessible and should be essential reading for anyone planning to talk about spoken or written discourse.”
“The volume is inspirational and makes a major contribution to the growing literature on discourse analysis. It will undoubtedly open up new perspectives for researchers who take an interest in discourse topics in discourse analysis, linguistics, psychology and natural language processing.

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2023. The Influence of Contexts and Orientations on Interlocutors’ Choices of Concept Reiterations. rEFLections 30:3  pp. 776 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Repetition and paraphrase in contexts of concordant and discordant orientations. Pragmatics and Society 13:2  pp. 250 ff. DOI logo
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2023. Cohesion and Coherence Analyses of Extended Written Schizophrenic Discourse: An Exploratory Case Study. rEFLections 30:2  pp. 180 ff. DOI logo
Ambele, Eric A. & Richard Watson Todd
2022. Translanguaging patterns in everyday urban conversations in Cameroon. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 2022:273  pp. 181 ff. DOI logo
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2022. Shifting attitudes towards native speaker and local English teachers: an elaborative replication. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development 43:2  pp. 111 ff. DOI logo
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2020. Topic Modelling with NMF vs. Expert Topic Annotation: The Case Study of Russian Fiction. In Advances in Computational Intelligence [Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 12469],  pp. 134 ff. DOI logo
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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