17.3605, Books: Discourse Analysis/Cognitive Science: Sinclair, Mauranen

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From: Paul Peranteau < paul at benjamins.com >
Subject: Linear Unit Grammar: Sinclair, Mauranen 

	
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From: Paul Peranteau < paul at benjamins.com >
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Title: Linear Unit Grammar 
Subtitle: Integrating speech and writing 
Series Title: Studies in Corpus Linguistics 25  

Publication Year: 2006 
Publisher: John Benjamins
	   http://www.benjamins.com/
	

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=SCL%2025 


Author: John McH. Sinclair
Author: Anna Mauranen

Hardback: ISBN: 9027222983 Pages: 185 Price: U.S. $ 114.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027222983 Pages: 185 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9027222991 Pages: 185 Price: U.S. $ 39.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027222991 Pages: 185 Price: Europe EURO 33.00


Abstract:

People have a natural propensity to understand language text as a
succession of smallish chunks, whether they are reading, writing, speaking
or listening. Linguists have found that this propensity can shed light on
the nature and structure of language, and there are many studies which
attempt to harness the potential of natural chunking.

This book explores the role of chunking in the description of discourse,
especially spoken discourse. It appears that chunking offers a sound but
flexible platform on which can be built a descriptive model which is more
open and comprehensive than more familiar approaches to structural
description. The model remains linear, in that it avoids hierarchies, and
it concentrates on the combinatorial patterns of text.

The linear approach turns out to have many advantages, bringing together
under one descriptive method a wide variety of different styles of speech
and writing. It is complementary to established grammars, but it raises
pertinent questions about many of their assumptions. 

Table of contents

Dedication  vii  
Acknowledgements  ix  
Preamble  xi-xiii  
Introduction  xv-xxi  
Section A: Preliminaries  1  
Setting the scene  3-22  
Background  23-40  
Data description  41-45  
Section B: Analysis  47  
System of analysis  49-54  
Provisional Unit Boundaries  55-58  
Types of chunks  59-70  
Types of organisational elements  71-78  
Types of increments to shared experience  79-89  
Synthesis  91-103  
Section C: Theory and follow-up  105  
The example texts analysed 
 107-127  
Theoretical synopsis  129-144  
Looking ahead  145-166  
Appendix  167-173  
Bibliography  175-179  
Index of names  181-182  
Index of subjects  183-185 



Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
                     Discourse Analysis


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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