LINGUIST List 21.3270|
Fri Aug 13 2010
Qs: Narrative Structure of Business Documents
Editor for this issue: Danielle St. Jean
We'd like to remind readers that the responses to queries are usually best posted to the individual asking the question. That individual is then strongly encouraged to post a summary to the list. This policy was instituted to help control the huge volume of mail on LINGUIST; so we would appreciate your cooperating with it whenever it seems appropriate.
In addition to posting a summary, we'd like to remind people that it is usually a good idea to personally thank those individuals who have taken the trouble to respond to the query.
To post to LINGUIST, use our convenient web form at http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm.
Narrative Structure of Business Documents
Message 1: Narrative Structure of Business Documents
From: Bruce Nevin <bruce.nevingmail.com>
Subject: Narrative Structure of Business Documents
E-mail this message to a friend
In some variety of discourse analysis has anyone analyzed the
structures of business narrative documents? I'm on the technical
committee for the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA), an
XML architecture standard under the aegis of the Organization for the
Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS). DITA was
initially based in the requirements of technical and user assistance
documentation. I am on a subcommittee concerned with the broader
range of 'business documents' indicated below.
The class of business narrative documents includes for example:
- Policies and procedures
- Product development & maintenance documentation (such as
proposals & specifications)
- Technical publications
- Sales and marketing materials
- Memoranda and correspondence
- Newsletters and social media
We have done a fair amount of content analysis toward developing a
metamodel for this range of document types. As the linguist on the
committee I've been asked to locate any pertinent research that may
have been done in our field. I'm talking about structure at a fairly high
I don't have access to a research library. Searches I've undertaken so
far have confirmed my perception that the aspects of document
structure that are of interest for this sort of XML tagging are at a rather
different level from those aspects of narrative structure that are
considered by the different flavors of discourse analysis. I would be
delighted and grateful to have that proven wrong.
Read more issues|LINGUIST home page|Top of issue