ERIC Number: ED352802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Discourse Approaches to Cohesion: A Study of the Structure and Unity of a Central Bontoc Expository Text.
Benn, Keith Laurence
Studies in Philippine Linguistics, v8 n2 1991
This study analyzes the discourse structures of one text type in Central Bontoc, one of eight minority Philippine languages. The text explains the Innana rituals, a complex of six rituals held annually in Bontoc villages shortly after the planting of the rice crop. The rituals are considered extremely important because they are believed to help the crop, foster clan unity, and help young people realize the importance of cooperation and contribution to family and clan gatherings. Five specific questions are addressed: (1) What devices are used to make the Innana text transparent and clearly structured? (2) What Central Bontoc paragraph types are exemplified in the Innana text and what role do they play in the discourse? (3) How does the author signal rising and falling tension in the text, and what does this tell about the relative importance of the various rituals? (4) In what way has the author given the text intersentential cohesion, and how does this relate to overall goals in the discourse? and (5) What motivated production of the text, and is it effective in the real-world context? The research focuses on one exemplary text. That text, with English translation, is appended. Also appended are notes on Central Bontoc grammar and syntax and the rituals themselves. A 37-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Summer Inst. of Linguistics, Manila (Philippines).; Linguistic Society of the Philippines, Manila.