LINGUIST List 13.1079

Thu Apr 18 2002

Diss: Text/Corpus Ling: McElholm "Text and..."

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  1. mcelholm, Text/Corpus Ling: McElholm "Text and Argumentation in English..."

Message 1: Text/Corpus Ling: McElholm "Text and Argumentation in English..."

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 11:27:06 +0000
From: mcelholm <>
Subject: Text/Corpus Ling: McElholm "Text and Argumentation in English..."

New Dissertation Abstract

Institution: Hannover University
Program: English linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 1999

Author: Dermot Donal McElholm 

Dissertation Title: 
Text and Argumentation in English for Science and Technology

Linguistic Field: 
Text/Corpus Linguistics, Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis,
Applied Linguistics

Subject Language: English

Dissertation Director 1: Ekkehard Eggs
Dissertation Director 2: Rita Kupetz

Dissertation Abstract: 

This work, which represents an integrated linguistic-argumentative
approach, deals with the linguistic, argumentative and rhetorical
analysis of English for Science and Technology (EST). The importance
of this field for international communication has meant increased
interest in the analysis of EST and above all in the analysis of the
structure of EST texts.

The work is divided into three parts. The first part analyses
important cognitive and argumentative operations, especially with
regard to their function in EST. It looks at the types, objectives,
forms and structures of arguments and defines and explains central
concepts such as common and specific topoi. Part Two deals with how
these cognitive and argumentative operations are realised in language,
in microstructures and macrostructures, and ends by analysing a
complete EST text. The third part takes this article and shows how it
could be used in university-level EST teaching.
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