ERIC Number: ED374650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Cohesion and Discourse Deixis on English Articles.
Kanagawa University Studies in Language, n15 p71-91 1993
The purpose of this paper is to describe the function of English articles in a functional-pragmatic perspective, to clarify how the functions of the articles are reflected in the discourse, and to give some pedagogical implications for teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). Deixis is a grammatical category involving reference to characteristics of the situation where an utterance takes place; also referred to as "indexicality." The use of English articles is deeply connected with the way cognition is acquired. Articles in English function as old and new information markers in certain contexts, with the definite article used for old information and the indefinite article used to introduce new information. A text-mapping system based on an analysis of cohesion is described that can serve as an important tool in teaching Japanese students the use of the definite article in English. Used in conjunction with a computer text editor, this system has the advantage of presenting cohesive relations in a highly visible way. (Contains 30 references.) (MDM)
Descriptors: Cohesion (Written Composition), Computer Assisted Instruction, Determiners (Languages), Discourse Analysis, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Japanese, Language Research, Pragmatics, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Sentence Structure, Syntax, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the British Council Applied Linguistics Conference (Tokyo, Japan, November 14-15, 1992).