ERIC Number: ED432917
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Thematic Progression in a Cardiologist's Text: Context, Frames and Progression.
Salter, Robert T.
Thematic progression (TP) is examined in the text of a communication between a cardiologist and a general practitioner concerning a patient, offering a clinical diagnosis of the patient's condition. Analysis of the discourse looks at the field, tenor, and mode of the communication as a context for TP. The methods of analysis are first described, and the TP is then mapped. What constitutes theme in the clauses of the text is noted, and how words and nominal groups form TP is discussed. Considerations such as genre (a class of communicative events in which members share communicative purpose) and frames (inferences made from a body of knowledge in order to understand an utterance) are explored. After a discussion of TP and some of its shortcomings in application to the text in question, the analysis concludes with suggestions for making TP more explicit in the teaching of English for Special Purposes. (Contains 19 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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