Text type

Morten PilegaardFinn Frandsen
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The past two to three decades have seen several studies which have struggled to establish a distinction between various kinds of texts on the basis of structural (linguistic) and/or functional (communicative) criteria. The shared ambition of these studies has been dual: i) to develop an overall typology of texts, and ii) to provide a theoretical and empirical foundation for comparative discourse research. These efforts have been closely connected with the rising interest in text linguistics and discourse analysis especially since the beginning of the 70s.

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