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Robert de Beaugrande at
Fri Mar 7 15:56:47 UTC 1997

>Date: Thu, 06 Mar 1997 17:52:53 +0100
>From: Robert de Beaugrande < at>
>Subject: New book finally out

>>To: critics-l at
>>From: Robert de Beaugrande < at>
>>I am pleased to say that my book  NEW FOUNDATIONS FOR A SCIENCE OF TEXT=
>> DISCOURSE has finally appeared (in hard cover and paper back) at the. =3D
>> Ablex Corporation, now moved to 55 Old Post Road Nr. 2, P.O. Box 5297=3D
>> Greenwich CT 06836-5297  Tel. 001/203/661-7602 fax 001/203/661-0792
(sorry, no e-mail yet)
>>Here are some comments on the volume:
>>In this book, Robert de Beaugrande presents his own distinctive approach=
>> the interpretation and analysis of discourse, He discusses a rich and=3D
>> varied selection of textual material, with a sensitivity both to the=3D
>> many-sidedness of meaning of language and to significance of discursive=
>> practices in the social and political contexts of the modern world.
>> Michael Halliday
>>The new book by Beaugrande is definitely very relevant for the fields of=
>> text linguistics and discourse analysis. He develops a interesting new=3D
>> approach and theory which is unique in the field. He also explores=3D
>> applications of his theory and illustrates his assumption with hundreds=
>> examples. This book is a =3D91must=3D92 for any scholar who is working in=
>> domains.
>>=3D Ruth Wodak
>>A magnum opus in the now vast domain of discourse studies, whose history,=
>> methods and subdomains nobody knows as well as Robert de Beaugrande.  No=
>> other in book in the humanities and social sciences today integrates=
>> encyclopedic knowledge into a thoroughly transdisciplinary,=
>> intercultural, and critical programme For all advanced students of=3D
>> discourse, this book should be their major mentor, guide and compendium=
>> research.
>>  Teun A. van Dijk
>>Professor de Beaugrande has been one of the most influential scholars in=
>> text linguistics since he helped to found it as a discipline. He commands=
>> large panorama of knowledge and brings this learning to bear on a=
>> of topics, giving fresh insights and new dimensions. In his latest book,=
>> ranges over linguistic, educational, and cultural disciplines in order=
>> synthesise an important framework within which text and discourse can be=
>> understood in new ways.
>> John Sinclair
>>One reads the new book by Robert A. de Beaugrande not only with interest=
>> satisfaction, but also with a dose of surprise. It is not conceived as a=
>> merely linguistic exposition, but rather as a compendious=
>> essay containing profound and sophisticated reflections on the position,=
>> functions, and significance of human communication in the present-day=3D
>> post-industrial society. The author brings forward convincing arguments=
>> the necessity to support the freedom of access to knowledge and society=
>> through discourse and to reconnect theory with practice=3D in a=3D
>> science of discourse whose ecological validity would be understood=3D
>> through its relevance to contemporary social and communicative needs.=
>> author's approach is truly transdisciplinary and one can only admire and=
>> appreciate his wide outlook, and vast and intimate knowledge from all=3D
>> domains relevant to the field of discourse science. Such a book deserves=
>> be read and reflected upon by anyone who wants to understand the=3D
>> functioning of language communication in our epoch of turbulent social=3D
>> flux.
>>=3DFrantisek Danes
>> Thebook's table of contents runs as follows:
>>I   Getting Started
>>I.A. Science at the crossroads
>>I.B. Demonstrating our agenda: Consumerism versus ecologism .
>>I.C. Text as an event=20

>>II   Toward a Science of Text and Discourse
>>II.A. Paradigms for the study of language
>>II.B. Textuality in grammar, rhetoric, and logic
>>II.C. Textuality in philology
>>II.D. Textuality in modern linguistics
>>II.E. Moving toward text and discourse
>>II.F. A brief history of text linguistics
>>II.G. Structuralism and post-structuralism...
>>II.H. Back to the future=3D

>>III Designing Models of Cognition and Communication in Society 	78
>>III.A. Moving fromclassical to post-classical
>>III.B. Prospects for evolution in the design of models and domains=
 .....	96
>>III.C. Evolution into code
>>III.D. Evolution in language and discourse
>>III.E. Communication among the  sciences...
>>III.F. Criteria for designing models
>>III.G. Modeling linearity
>>III.H. Modeling resource constraints
>>III.I.  An interactive model for text and discourse processing

>>IV   Functionality and Textuality
>>IV.A. Form, meaning, function, and textuality
>>IV.B. Toward a functional, cognitive, and social lexicogrammar=20
>>IV.B.1 Designing a scheme of Processes and Aspects
>>IV.B.2 Enriching the scheme
>>IV.B.3 From Clause to Phrase
>>IV.B.4 The design of the lexicogrammar reconsidered=20
>>IV.B.5 The lexicogrammar in the economy of discourse ...
>>IV.C. The economy of maintaining and compacting
>>IV.D. The economy of joining
>>IV.E. The prosodic level: Intonation and  punctuation
>>IV.F. The discourse level

>> V   Intermediary Control Systems between Virtual and Actual .
>>V.A. Style and stylistics
>>V.B.  Text types and discourse domains
>>V.C. Discourse for special purposes: =3D91LSP=3D92 and terminology

>>VI   Interlingual Discourse in Theory and Practice ....................=09
>>VI.A. Indirect evidence: Comparing and contrasting languages ..........=09
>>VI.B. Direct evidence: Interference, borrowing, and code-switching ....=09
>>VI.C. Pidgins and creoles
>>VI.D. Translation

>>VII	Discourse in Socialization and Education
>>VII.A. Modeling socialization and education
>>VII.B. Modernization and multiculturalism
>>VII.C. Education in crisis
>>VII.D. =3D91Modernizing education: The evolution of design
>>VII.E. Educational research
>>VII.F. Doing, knowing, saying: Setting new priorities
>>VII.G. The old and the new design for schooling
>>VII.H. Language learning and language acquisition
>>VII.I. Discourse in the classroom
>>VII.J. Literacy and reading in =3D91native language education
>>VII.K. Literacy and writing in native language education
>>VII.K.1 Basic writing
>>VII.K.2 =3DGrammar in the classroom3
>>VII.K.3 Composition ..
>>VII.K.4 Literature in the schools ...
>>VII.L. =3D91Non-native language education=3D
>>VIII	Discourse and the =3D91Whole Human Being
>>VIII.A. The prospects fo wholeness
>>VIII.B. Discourse and culture in modern diversity
>>VIII.C. Discourse and ideology
>>VIII.D. Discourse and gender
>>VIII.E. Discourse and emotion
>>Commentaries to Ch. VIII ............................................	577

>>With critical greetings
>>Robert de Beaugrande
>>Institut f=3DFCr Anglistik der
>>Universitaet Wien
>>Universitaetsstra=3DDFe 7
>>A-1010 Wien
>>Tel.: +43 1 40103 2475
>>Fax.: +43 1 406 04 44
>>eMail: at
Robert de Beaugrande
Institut f=FCr Anglistik der
Universitaet Wien
Universitaetsstra=DFe 7
A-1010 Wien
Tel.: +43 1 40103 2475
Fax.: +43 1 406 04 44
eMail: at

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