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Query:   Graphic Discourse Analysis
Author:  Damon Clark
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Discourse Analysis

Summary:   FOR QUERY: 10.1413.1

THANKS EVERYONE FOR THE HELP WITH THIS SUBJECT, HERE ARE THE REPLIES THAT I RECEIVED...

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TYPICALLY, SINCE DISCOURSE ANALYSES ARE TREES, ONE CAN USE ANY NORMAL METHOD OF DISPLAYING TREES.

FOR EXAMPLES AND OTHER INTERESTING STUFF, SEE DANIEL MARUC'S RECENT THESIS AND FORTHCOMING BOOK,

HTTP://WWW.CS.TORONTO.EDU/COMPLING/PUBLICATIONS/ABSTRACTS/THESES/MARCUPHD-THABS.HTML

AND LINKS ON HIS HOME PAGE
HTTP://WWW.ISI.EDU/~MARCU/

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\\\\\\ GRAEME HIRST
/// UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO * DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
\\\\\\ GH@CS.TORONTO.EDU * VOICE +1 416 978 8747 * FAX +1 416 978 1455
/// HTTP://WWW.CS.TORONTO.EDU/~GH


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AS A LINGUISITICS STUDENT, I'VE NEVER BEEN TOTALLY CLEAR ON WHAT ''DISCOURSE ANALYSIS'' IS AND WHAT WAS INCLUDED IN IT. IT SEEMS TO ME THAT ALL THAT INTELLECTUAL TERRITORY BEYOND THE INDIVIDUAL SENTENCE HASN'T REALLY BEEN ADEQUATELY MAPPED. I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT
''DISCOURSE ANALYSIS'' GENERALLY REFERS TO RATHER HIGH-LEVEL SOCIOLINGUISTIC STUFF THAT I'M NOT THAT WELL ACQUAINTED WITH.

ANYWAY, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN RELATIVELY ''LOCAL'' ASPECTS OF DISCOURSE STRUCTURE (ANAPHORA, TRACKING OF ''DISCOURSE REFERENTS'', SOME ASPECTS OF MODALITY AND TENSE, COHESION, ETC.), THEN YOU MIGHT WANT TO LOOK AT DISCOURSE REPRESENTATION THEORY AND THE MENTAL SPACES FRAMEWORK. FOR DRT, THE STANDARD REFERENCE IS HANS KAMP AND UWE REYLE'S _FROM DISCOURSE TO LOGIC_ (1993); FOR MENTAL SPACES, GILLES FAUCONNIER'S BOOKS _MENTAL
SPACES_ (1985, 2ND EDITION 1994) AND _MAPPINGS IN THOUGHT AND LANGUAGE_ (1997). I'D ALSO RECOMMEND JOHN DINSMORE'S _PARTITIONED REPRESENTATIONS_ (1991) FOR A SORT OF UNIFIED LOOK AT THE BASIC ISSUES THAT MOTIVATED BOTH FRAMEWORKS.

ALL OF THESE FRAMEWORKS DIVIDE UP THE UNIVERSE OF DISCOURSE INTO A BUNCH OF STRUCTURES, EACH OF WHIICH CONTAINS VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS AS WELL AS PARTIAL WORLD DESCRIPTIONS. THUS, ONE HAS BELIEF SPACES, HYPOTHETICAL SPACES, FICTIONAL SPACES, ETC. THERE ARE A LOT OF SUBTLE AND INTERESTING DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE VARIOUS FRAMEWORKS (E.G. FAUCONNIER
HAS A NOTION OF ''COUNTERPARTS'' - DISCOURSE REFERENTS IN DIFFERENT SPACES THAT ARE CONNECTED IN SOME WAY (IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH REFERENTIAL OPACITY AND THE LIKE) THAT, IF IT RECALL CORRECTLY, DOESN'T HAVE AN EQUIVILANT IN DRT).

ANYWAY, I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS THE SORT OF THING YOU ARE LOOKING FOR OR IF YOU'RE THINKING OF SOMETHING ELSE, LIKE REGISTER OR CONVERSATIONAL TURN-TAKING OR SOMETHING. REGARDLESS I'D BE VERY INTERESTED IN SEEING A SUMMARY OF THE OTHER RESPONSES YOU GET AND HEARING MORE ABOUT YOU'RE RESEARCH.

CHRIS
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CHRIS JOHNSON CHRAJOHN@INDIANA.EDU
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THERE ARE DIAGRAMS FOR SHOWING THE INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN A CONVERSATION, BUT I'M NOT SURE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE AFTER.
CHEERS, DEBORAH
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DEBORAH D. KELA RUUSKANEN
LEANKUJA 1, FIN-01420 VANTAA
DRUUSKAN@CC.HELSINKI.FI

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I KNOW THAT SIL (THE SUMMER INST. OF LINGUISTICS) WHICH IS STUDYING DOZENS (MAYBE HUNDREDS) OF INDIGENOUS LANGUAGES THROUGHOUT THE WORLD HAS DEVELOPED A HUGE NUMBER OF LANGUAGE ANALYTICAL SOFTWEAR PROGRAMS. SOME OF THEM MUST INCLUDE DISCOURSE, SINCE SIL HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THAT AREA FOR YEARS. I SUGGEST YOU WRITE THEIR LINGUISTIC COORDINATOR, MIKE CAHILL AT :MIKE_CAHILL@SIL.ORG AND ASK HIM TO REFER YOUR INQUIRY TO THEIR COMPUTER
PEOPLE. HOPE THIS HELPS. RUTH BREND RBREND@UMICH.EDU

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TRY DANIEL MARCU'S RST ANNOTATION TOOL. AND LOOK AROUND HIS WEBSITE OR ASK HIM FOR SUGGESTIONS. HTTP://WWW.ISI.EDU/~MARCU/SOFTWARE.HTML

LAURIE GERBER
GERBER@ISI.EDU
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LL Issue: 10.1647
Date Posted: 31-Oct-1999
Original Query: Read original query