Modes of Discourse: The Local Structure of Texts



Modes of Discourse: The Local Structure of Texts
Author: Carlota S. Smith
Hardcover: 334 pages
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Date: June 16, 2003
Language: English
ISBN-10: 9780521781695
File: 1.47 MB pdf

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In studying discourse, the problem for the linguist is to find a fruitful level of analysis. Carlota Smith offers a new approach with this study of discourse passages, units of several sentences or more. She introduces the key idea of the “Discourse Mode”, identifying five modes: Narrative, Description, Report, Information, Argument. Smith analyzes the properties that distinguish each mode, focusing on grammatical rather than lexical information. The book also examines presentational matters: topic and focus; variation in syntactic structure; and subjectivity, or point of view.

Book Description
In studying discourse, the problem for the linguist is to find a fruitful level of analysis. Carlota Smith offers a new approach with this study of discourse passages, units of several sentences or more. She introduces the key idea of the ‘Discourse Mode’, identifying five modes: Narrative, Description, Report, Information, Argument. Smith analyzes the properties that distinguish each mode, focusing on grammatical rather than lexical information. The book also examines presentational matters: topic and focus, variation in syntactic structure, and subjectivity, or point of view.

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