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On Subject and Theme [electronic resource] : A discourse functional perspective

Author/Creator:
Hasan, Ruqaiya.
Publication:
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1995.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (469 p.)
Series:
Amsterdam studies in the theory and history of linguistic science. Current issues in linguistic theory Series IV,
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
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Subjects:
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Topic and comment.
Discourse analysis.
Local subjects:
Discourse analysis. (search)
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Topic and comment. (search)
Linguistics. (search)
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
The ten papers in this volume focus on Subject and Theme. Theme began its life as a semantic notion in the work of VileĢm Mathesius, while Subject has traditionally been seen as just a syntactic entity. More recently two related perspectives on these concepts have attracted linguists' attention: the formal criteria for their recognition and the relations between the two concepts. Using the systemic functional model as their point of departure, the papers in the present volume consider the two notions in a wider context by relating them to the interpersonal and textual metafunctions of language.
Contents:
ON SUBJECT AND THEME; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Acknowledgments; Contents; About the authors; Reflections on Subject and Theme: An introduction; 1. Approaching the French Clause as a Move in Dialogue: Interpersonal Organisation; 2. Mood and the Ecosocial Dynamics of Semiotic Exchange; 3. The English 'Tag Question': A New Analysis, is(n't) it?; 4. ''Nothing'' Makes Sense in Weri: A Case of Extensive Ellipsis of Nominals in a Papuan Language; 5. Subjectlessness and Honorifics in Japanese: A Case of Textual Construal
6. A Dynamic Perspective: Implications for Metafunctional Interaction and an Understanding of Theme7. On Theme in Chinese: From Clause to Discourse; 8. A Systemic Functional Approach to the Thematic Structure of the Old English Clause; 9. Themes, Methods of Development, and Texts; 10. Defining and Relating Text Segments: Subject and Theme in Discourse; Index; CURRENT ISSUES IN LINGUISTIC THEORY series
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Description based upon print version of record.
Contributor:
Fries, Peter H.
ISBN:
1-282-16215-2
9786612162152
90-272-9775-4
OCLC:
70769310