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Title: Holistic Discourse Analysis
Written By: Shin-Ja J. Hwang
URL: http://www.ethnologue.com/show_product.asp?isbn=9781556712661
Description:

The central idea of this volume is the simple insistence that the structure of a
part of a discourse (or text) needs to be explained in light of the structure of
the whole. This thesis needs to be repeated anew to every generation of
students of linguistics as a warning against analytic nearsightedness—the
fixation on particular parts of a text without regard to the whole. Holistic
discourse analysis is not a plea to abandon the analysis of lower levels of
grammar, but to enrich the study of them by putting them in broader
perspective.

The book includes chapters addressing subjects like discourse analysis and
its purpose, text typology, and constituent-based charting with an analysis of
a story in terms of peak and profile. It discusses functions of different verb
types and their tense/aspect/modality, of noun phrases, and of clause
combining in discourse. It also includes a chapter with a layman’s
introduction to discourse analysis which addresses and illustrates its crucial
concerns, and another discusses ways to represent combinations of
sentences in a paragraph. The last three chapters deal with non-narrative
discourses: procedural, hortatory, and expository. The book concludes with a
helpful glossary of terms and an index to the languages referenced in the
volume.

This book offers itself both as a classroom text and a field manual for
discourse analysis. It can also serve as an introduction to the more
theoretically oriented volume, Longacre’s The Grammar of Discourse (1996).

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: SIL International Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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ISBN-13: 9781556712661
Pages: 263
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