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Title: Discourse Patterns in Spoken and Written Corpora
Edited By: Karin Aijmer
Anna-Brita Stenström
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=P%26bns%20120
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 120

This book brings together a number of empirical studies that use corpora to study discourse patterns in speech and writing. It explores new trends in the area of text and discourse characterized by the alliance between text linguistics and areas such as corpus linguistics, genre analysis, literary stylistics and cross-linguistic studies. The contributions to the volume show how established corpora can be used to ask a number of new questions about the interface between speech and writing, the relation between grammar and discourse, academic discourse, cohesive markers, stylistic devices such as metaphor, deixis and non-verbal communication. The corpora used for text-analysis can also be tailor-made for the study of particular genres such as journal article abstracts, lectures, e-mailing list messages, headlines and titles. A recent development is to bring in contrastive data from bilingual corpora to show what is language-specific in the organization of the text.

Table of contents

List of Contributors
Discourse Patterns in Spoken and Written Corpora
Karin Aijmer and Anna-Brita Stenström 1–13
I. Cohesion and Coherence 15
The Cataphoric Indexicality of Titles
Annalisa Baichhi 17–38
Cataphoric Complexity in Spoken English
Silvia Bruti 39–63
The Role of Multiple Themes in Cohesion
Hilde Hasselgård 65–87
Dialogical coherence? Patterns of cohesion in face-to-face conversation and e-mail mailing list messages
Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen 89–110
II. Metadiscourse and Discourse markers 111
Gestural and Symbolic Uses of the Deictic “here” in Academic Lectures
Julia Bamford 113–138
The Discourse Function of Contrastive Connectors in Academic Abstracts
Marina Bondi 139–156
The Discourse Functions of I don’t know in English Conversation
Giuliana Diani 157–171
They’re a Little Bit Different… Observations on Hedges in Academic Talk
Anna Mauranen 173–197
Interaction in Written Economics Lectures: The Meta-discursive Role of Person Markers
Christina Samson 199–216
III. Text and Information Structure 217
Using Non-extraposition in Spoken and Written Texts: a Functional Perspective
Gunther Kaltenboeck 219–242
IV. Metaphor and Text 243
English Metaphors and Their Translation: the Importance of Context
Kay Wikberg 245–265

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253625
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 279 pp.
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ISBN: 1588115062
ISBN-13: 9781588115065
Pages: viii, 279 pp.
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