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Title: Discourse on the Move
Subtitle: Using corpus analysis to describe discourse structure
Written By: Douglas Biber
Ulla Connor
Thomas A. Upton
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2028
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 28
Description:

Discourse on the Move is the first book-length exploration of how
corpus-based methods can be used for discourse analysis, applied to the
description of discourse organization. The primary goal is to bring these
two analytical perspectives together: undertaking a detailed discourse
analysis of each individual text, but doing so in terms that can be
generalized across all texts of a corpus. The book explores two major
approaches to this task: 'top-down' and 'bottom-up'. In the 'top-down'
approach, the functional components of a genre are determined first, and
then all texts in a corpus are analyzed in terms of those components. In
contrast, textual components emerge from the corpus analysis in the
bottom-up approach, and the discourse organization of individual texts is
then analyzed in terms of linguistically-defined textual categories. Both
approaches are illustrated through case studies of discourse structure in
particular genres: fund-raising letters, biology/biochemistry research
articles, and university classroom teaching.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027223025
ISBN-13: 9789027223029
Pages: 305
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