The Theme–Topic Interface

Evidence from English

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The Theme-Topic Interface (TTI) gives a useful catalogue of approaches to the concept Theme in the analysis of Natural Language. The book is written with both theoretical and descriptive goals and aims to synthesize and
revise current approaches to pragmatic functions. In addition, TTI explains that different thematic constructions in natural language reveal different discourse strategies related to point of view and speaker subjectivity, which shows the mutually supportive role of form and discourse function vis-á-vis each other. The book’s value is enhanced by the use of natural language corpora, the Lancaster IBM Spoken English Corpus (LIBMSEC), and by running multivariate statistical tests, taking into account both segmental and suprasegmental features. The bibliography lists more than 600 publications providing ample material for further research into an integrated theory of language and its use. The indexes provide easy access to most authors mentioned and to the major concepts covered.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 71]  2001.  xxiv, 438 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
List of Tables
xiii
List of Figures
xv
Abbreviations and Conventions
xvii
Acknowledgements
xxi
Foreword
xxiii
Part I. The Theme — Topic Interface
1
1. Introduction
3
2. An Evaluation of Three Interpretations of Communicative Categories
15
Part II. Previous Studies: A Sympathetic Critique
9
3. The Prague School
61
4. Systemic Functional Grammar
89
5. Functional Grammar
139
Part III. A Corpus-Based Analysis of Syntactic Theme in PresE
171
6. Theory and Methods
173
7. Results and Discussion
211
8. Summary, Conclusions and Further Research
347
Appendix
359
Notes
363
References
381
Name Index
425
Subject Index
429
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  00021725