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LINGUIST List 18.1767

Mon Jun 11 2007

Books: Psycholing/Discourse Analysis/Text&Corpus Ling: Kamalski

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        1.    Rianne Giethoorn, Coherence Marking, Comprehension and Persuasion: Kamalski


Message 1: Coherence Marking, Comprehension and Persuasion: Kamalski
Date: 05-Jun-2007
From: Rianne Giethoorn <lotlet.uu.nl>
Subject: Coherence Marking, Comprehension and Persuasion: Kamalski


Title: Coherence Marking, Comprehension and Persuasion
Subtitle: On the processing and representation of discourse
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2007
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Judith Kamalski
Paperback: ISBN: Pages: 227 Price: Europe EURO 22.03
Abstract:

In this dissertation, Judith Kamalski analyzes the role of coherence
marking in discourse. The 1914 advertisement on the front cover states: Buy
it because it's a better car. The relation that exists between the first
segment [buy it] and the second segment [it's a better car] is a
claim-argument relation, in this case explicitly signalled by the coherence
marker because. How does such a coherence marker influence the mental
representation that a reader constructs from a text?

The six experiments in this dissertation show that coherence marking
affects the reader in different ways: coherence marking can influence text
comprehension, appraisal and persuasion. Coherence marking improves text
comprehension for readers who do not have much prior knowledge about the
text topic. For readers who have more prior knowledge about a topic, a more
implicit text leads to optimal comprehension. Also, coherence marking
positively influences readers' opinions about the text and text quality.
Finally, it becomes apparent that to study effects of coherence marking on
persuasion, it is necessary to make a distinction between the marking of
objective relations (relations that exist in external reality, such as
cause-effect) and subjective relations (relations that are constructed by
the speaker or writer, such as the claim-argument relation in the Ford
advertisement). Empirical results show that objective marking can have a
positive effect on persuasion, whereas subjective marking can cause a
so-called forewarning effect: when readers recognize the attempt to
influence them, they build resistance to it.

The research in this dissertation shows the importance of a subtle text
characteristic such as coherence marking. It combines insights from text
linguistics, discourse processing, and social psychology, and should
therefore be of interest to researchers in any of these domains.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Psycholinguistics
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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