Date: 11-Dec-2008 From: James Bones <jpbonestiscali.co.uk> Subject: The Discourse Function of Academic Texts with Reference to Wittgenstein's 'To Follow a Rule' E-mail this message to a friend
Institution: University of Nottingham
Program: School of English Studies
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 1992
Author: James Patrick Bones
Dissertation Title: The Discourse Function of Academic Texts with Reference to Wittgenstein's 'To Follow a Rule'
Using ideas from Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations on 'following a rule', three types of examples were analysed from technical, legal and linguistic data. Sentence groups were selected on the basis of having one sentence with 'for example' in initial position. Analysis focussed on the different lexical and grammatical forms evident in each group of example sequences, usually in a three sentence unit comprising Generalisation/Particularisation/Evaluation. Example forms were shown to be related to and dependent on the particular discourse practices of each example field, as well as the non-linguistic practises of the fields.