ERIC Number: ED310383
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
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Discourse Analysis: Part I, Information Management and Cohesion.
Lovejoy, Kim Brian; Lance, Donald M.
Combining linguistics and composition studies, this paper (part 1 of a two-part article) proposes a model for the analysis of information management and cohesion in written discourse. It defines concepts of discourse analysis--specifically information management, syntax, semantic reference, lexicon, cohesion, and intonation, with examples taken from publications in psychology, biology, and history. The paper discusses key terms related to reference and information, including "information unit,""theme,""rheme,""topic,""comment,""given,""new,""focus,""markedness,""topicalization,""thematization," and "rhematization." Its discussion of spoken discourse includes tone group, pitch, and tonic syllable. Cohesion is also discussed, with examples from the same publications, focusing on lexical cohesion, i.e. repetition, synonymy, antonymy, derivation, inclusion, and collocation. The paper is dependent on notions from the Prague School of Linguistics (Functional Sentence Perspective), M. A. K. Halliday's functional grammar, and research in the analysis of written discourse. Thirty-nine references and an appendix containing the sample texts are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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