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ERIC Number: ED310384
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Pages: 47
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Discourse Analysis: Part II, A Comparison of Published Writing in Three Disciplines.
Lovejoy, Kim Brian
Combining linguistics and composition studies in a two-part article (in which part 1 presented the principal concepts of cohesion and information management used in spoken and written discourse) this paper, part 2, describes a model that applies some of these concepts in analyses of the content of samples of published writing in three disciplines (counseling psychology, biology, and history); discusses the findings of the analyses; and makes suggestions on how the findings can be applied in future research and teaching. The paper reports that chi-square comparisons of data revealed significant differences in cohesive density and in comparisons of the use of lexical ties: types, number of words entering into lexical ties, and the distribution of lexical ties in themes and rhemes. Fewer significant differences in distributions of ties were found in themes than in rhemes, suggesting significant differences in the ways in which given and new information are managed in diverse disciplines. Eight tables of data are included. Twenty-six references and two appendixes (one containing tables showing levels of significance of chi-square tests of comparisons of data on cohesion and information management, and one discussing methodology) are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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