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Dissertation Information

Title: Relatives and their Relatives: Relative clauses in conversational Australian English Add Dissertation
Author: Julie Reid Update Dissertation
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Institution: La Trobe University, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 1997
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis;
Subject Language(s): English
Director(s): Edith Bavin

Abstract: This thesis examines the grammatical and discourse aspects of the relative clauses in a corpus of conversational Australian English. The data, collected from five dyads, was transcribed using the system devised by Du Bois, Schuetze-Coburn, Cumming and Paolino (1993). After reviewing recent research into discourse and information packaging, the various types of relative clauses are defined and discussed, relying primarily on Huddleston's approach (1984). This is followed by a review of several studies pertaining to the discourse functions of relative clauses. Chapter 4 focuses on methodology, and the defining characteristics of the various classifications used in this study are presented. Problems involved in classifying the data are also examined, for example, Linking Relative Clauses do not meet the standard definitions given in traditional grammars. The chapter also includes a typology of the discourse functions of relative clauses. Quantitative results are given in terms of the distribution of relative clause types, the syntactic functions of the antecedents and relative expressions, the information status of the antecedents and relative clauses, and the discourse functions of the relative clauses. The final chapter discusses these results, and the implications. (Submitted January, 997)