Grounding in English and Arabic News Discourse

| University of Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027251015 (Eur) | EUR 110.00
ISBN 9781556199820 (USA) | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027298942 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
Grounding in English and Arabic News Discourse explores the discourse notion of grounding (viz. the foreground-background structure), and examines it in the various structures that occur in short news texts. A text-level approach to grounding and the differentiation between several core concepts relating to the various textual and non-textual structures, distinguish the book from other approaches in the field.
A corpus-based analysis focuses on sentence-initial expressions and examines the grounding-signalling function of several markers in both English and Arabic. The analysis captures constraints on the occurrence of particular markers, and the extensive illustrative examples explain the strategies that writers employ to cope with problems of recasting grounding-values in news texts. The author also shows how the failure to signal appropriate grounding-values is likewise associated with the failure to deliver the appropriate type of text.
Grounding is a relatively unexplored area of investigation in Arabic (text)linguistics, and the study identifies a series of previously unrecognized language features, highlighting the discourse pragmatic function that syntax serves.
The book will be invaluable to researchers and students of discourse, pragmatics, contrastive rhetoric, and communication. It will also be of interest to all those involved in translation and intercultural studies.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 82]  2000.  x, 274 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
1. Overview
2. The Foreground-Background Structure as a Textual Phenomenon
3. Schematic Manifestations of Text-Level Grounding
4. Syntactic Manifestations of Text-Level Grounding
5. Initial Position Marking of Grounding: The Case of Arabic News
6. Sentence-Initial Markers
7. Discussion
Appendix I Glossary of Notions Used in the Study
Appendix II Transliteration System
“This book is of value to anyone who has an interest in Arabic and English discourse analysis and linguistics. It also offers insights to students of journalism.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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