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ERIC Number: ED398749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 24
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The Correlation of Discourse Markers and Discourse Structure.
Kuo, Pinmin
In discourse analysis, connectives have been widely suggested as linguistic markers to indicate the logical linkage between utterances. However, the understanding of the interactions among various kinds of connectives in discourse has been limited. A method of quantifying the overall correlation between different kinds of connectives occurring on coherent texts is proposed. This analysis of discourse structures focuses on two written texts in Mandarin Chinese, and both illustrates the complexity of interactions among various connectives and reveals patterns of connectives indicating the logic structure in discourse. Methodology used in coding and quantifying the Chinese connectives within sentences and paragraphs and data summaries are presented. Theoretical and pedagogical implications are considered. It is concluded that this methodology, a numerical measurement of correlation coefficients, can be used effectively for: (1) showing that the complex sentence in Mandarin represents a topic continuity; (2) helping to prepare language textbook content; (3) confirming a taxonomy of coherent relationships; and (4) helping to generalize the modification direction for the inferential function denoted by each connective group. Contains 30 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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