Discourse Organisation

Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Dionysis Goutsos

in Discourse Analysis

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780748620456
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671397 | DOI:
Discourse Organisation

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The chapter zooms into the specific linguistic devices that are employed for the signalling of discourse organisation in narrative and non-narrative texts. Such devices include discourse markers, participant chains (which are formed by reference ties), time chains/shifts, and extensive lexical and sentence structure patterning. Lexical patterns involve both grammatical and lexical words, as well as metalinguistic elements, anaphoric nouns and other prediction pairs. Sentence structure patterns involve repetition in its various forms and the more extended thematic progression. All these devices are analysed in a large number of texts and according to various models of analysis in the literature, while their co-occurrence in discourse is emphasized.

Keywords: signalling; discourse markers; metalinguistic elements; participant chains; time chains; narrative present; patterns; repetition; thematic progression

Chapter.  16763 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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