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ERIC Number: ED358696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Pages: 411
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Discourse Functions of Adverbial Placement in English. Clause-Initial Adverbials of Time and Place in Narratives and Procedural Place Descriptions.
Virtanen, Tuija
An analysis of adverbial placement in written contemporary English focuses not on the sentence or clause context, as in conventional analyses, but on the textual or discoursal influences on placement. Specifically, the study examines: (1) the major textual and discoursal motivations behind clause-initial placement of adverbials of time and place in two types of text (narratives and procedural place descriptions); (2) central notions such as text strategy, text type, or text-strategic continuity; (3) a text typology for study of texts; and (4) contributions to general knowledge of text and discourse. An introductory chapter describes basic concepts of text and discourse under consideration. In chapter 2, adverbials are viewed from a sentence-grammar perspective. Chapter 3 outlines the study's methods and materials, and text strategy is discussed in general terms in chapter 4. In chapters 5-7, the textual and discourse factors are discussed individually with respect to their effects on adverbial placement. Chapter 5 presents a typology of texts, and chapter 6 looks at text-strategic continuities in four sample texts. Information dynamics, or the distribution of given and new information within a text, are considered in chapter 7, and the final chapter synthesizes the interplay of the different factors in text processing. A sample text and analyses are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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