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LINGUIST List 17.3461

Thu Nov 23 2006

Books: Discourse Analysis: Firbas

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication: Firbas


Message 1: Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication: Firbas
Date: 15-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication: Firbas


Title: Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken
Communication
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Jan Firbas
Paperback: ISBN: 0521031826 Pages: 255 Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Paperback: ISBN: 0521031826 Pages: 255 Price: U.K. £ 22.99
Abstract:

Inspired by the ideas of the Prague School, the theory of functional
sentence perspective (FSP) is concerned with the distribution of
information as determined by all meaningful elements, from intonation (for
speech) to context. A central feature of FSP is communicative dynamism. Jan
Firbas discusses the distribution of the degrees of communicative dynamism
over sentence elements, which determines the orientation or perspective of
the sentence. He examines also the relation of theme and rheme to, and
implementation by, syntactic components. Special attention is paid to the
relation between FSP and word order. The second part of the book deals with
spoken communication and considers the place of intonation in the interplay
of FSP factors, establishing the concept of prosodic prominence. It tackles
the relationship between the distribution of degrees of communicative
dynamism as determined by the interplay of the non-prosodic FSP factors and
the distribution of degrees of prosodic prominence as brought about by
intonation.

Preface;
List of abbreviations;
Part I. Functional Sentence Perspective in Written Communication:
1. Introduction;
2. The sentence and the carriers of communicative dynamism;
3. The contextual factor;
4. The semantic factor;
5. The theme and the non-theme;
6. Some special issues of the theory of functional sentence perspective;
7. Word order and functional sentence perspective;
Part II. Functional Sentence Perspective in Spoken Communication;
8. Non-prosodic distribution of degrees of communicative dynamism and
degrees of prosodic prominence;
9. Some more observations on the relationship between the non-prosodic
distribution of communicative dynamism and that of prosodic prominence;
10. Analyses of two spoken texts;
11. Some special issues concerning functional sentence perspective in the
spoken language;
References;
Index.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng )

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