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Title: Discourse Anaphora: A Cognitive-Functional Approach
Written By: Ming-Ming Pu
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics 47

Discourse Anaphora: A Cognitive-Functional Approach

Ming-Ming Pu
University of Maine, Farmington

Discourse anaphora has long been the focus of considerable research in such
diverse fields as linguistics, psychology, cognitive psychology and
artificial intelligence because its study is fundamental to our
understanding of the relationship among cognitive processes, discourse
coherence, and information distribution. In discourse production and
comprehension the speaker and hearer have separate and often conflicting
processing needs, yet the hearer is able to quickly and uniquely identify
various referents coded by given anaphora of the speaker’s choice with the
statuses of the referents and their contexts ever-changing. Such a tacit
agreement between the speaker and hearer must stem from a collaborative
effort in building a congruent mental structure of discourse where
referents are introduced, reinstated or discarded, and duly tracked.

This book proposes a cognitive-functional principle to account for how the
construction of mental structure determines the use and resolution of
discourse anaphora, and provides quantitative, cross-linguistic analyses of
empirical and text data to demonstrate how the principle operates in
discourse processing. The cross-linguistic study between two historically
unrelated languages, Chinese and English, has revealed further that the
occurrence and distribution of discourse anaphora is more universal in
nature than language-specific.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Cognitive Science
Theoretical Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783862881611
Pages: 239
Prices: Europe EURO 68.80