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Title: Linear Unit Grammar
Subtitle: Integrating speech and writing
Written By: John McH. Sinclair
Anna Mauranen
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 25

People have a natural propensity to understand language text as a
succession of smallish chunks, whether they are reading, writing, speaking
or listening. Linguists have found that this propensity can shed light on
the nature and structure of language, and there are many studies which
attempt to harness the potential of natural chunking.

This book explores the role of chunking in the description of discourse,
especially spoken discourse. It appears that chunking offers a sound but
flexible platform on which can be built a descriptive model which is more
open and comprehensive than more familiar approaches to structural
description. The model remains linear, in that it avoids hierarchies, and
it concentrates on the combinatorial patterns of text.

The linear approach turns out to have many advantages, bringing together
under one descriptive method a wide variety of different styles of speech
and writing. It is complementary to established grammars, but it raises
pertinent questions about many of their assumptions.

Table of contents

Dedication vii
Acknowledgements ix
Preamble xi–xiii
Introduction xv–xxi
Section A: Preliminaries 1
Setting the scene 3–22
Background 23–40
Data description 41–45
Section B: Analysis 47
System of analysis 49–54
Provisional Unit Boundaries 55–58
Types of chunks 59–70
Types of organisational elements 71–78
Types of increments to shared experience 79–89
Synthesis 91–103
Section C: Theory and follow-up 105
The example texts analysed
Theoretical synopsis 129–144
Looking ahead 145–166
Appendix 167–173
Bibliography 175–179
Index of names 181–182
Index of subjects 183–185

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Cognitive Science
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ISBN: 9027222983
ISBN-13: 9789027222985
Pages: 185
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