Modes of Discourse : The Local Structure of Texts.

Smith, Carlota S.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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Cambridge Studies in Linguistics
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This study of discourse modes offers a new fruitful level of analysis.
I Discourse structure
1 The study of discourse
1.1 Discourse Modes
1.2 Approaches to the study of texts
1.2.1 Linguistic features and discourse structure
1.2.2 The linguistic approach
1.3 Overview of key ideas
1.3.1 Situation type, text progression, subjectivity, surface structure presentation
1.3.2 Multiple analysis of text passages
1.4 Conclusion
2 Introduction to the Discourse Modes
2.1 The entities introduced in texts
2.1.1 Classes of situation entities
2.2 Text progression in the temporal modes
2.2.1 Narrative progression
2.2.2 Description: static, with spatial advancement
2.2.3 Report: deictic advancement
2.3 Text progression in the atemporal modes
2.3.1 Progression as metaphorical motion
2.3.2 The Information mode
2.3.3 Argument
2.4 Foreground and background in text passages
2.5 Rhetorical and linguistic background
2.5.1 Traditional rhetoric: background
2.5.2 The rhetorical "forms of discourse"
2.5.3 Other discourse classifications
2.5.4 Linguistic features of texts by genre
2.5.5 Other linguistic studies of texts
3 Text representation and understanding
3.1 The pragmatic background for discourse interpretation
3.2 Types of inference
3.3 Mental models and representations
3.4 The analysis of text passages in Discourse Representation Theory
3.4.1 The linguistic analysis and Discourse Representation Theory
3.4.2 Discourse Representation construction rules and structures
II Linguistic analysis of the Discourse Modes
4 Aspectual information: the entities introduced in discourse
4.1 Aspectual categories
4.1.1 The two components of aspectual systems
4.1.2 The Event and State situation types.
4.1.3 Viewpoint and situation type
4.1.4 Coercion
4.2 General Statives
4.3 Abstract Entities
4.4 Linguistic correlates of situation entities
4.4.1 Situations: the temporal properties
4.4.2 The linguistic correlates of General Statives
4.4.3 The linguistic correlates of Abstract Entities
4.5 Aspectual information in Discourse Representation Structures
4.5.1 Interpreting situation type
4.5.2 General Statives: interpreting situation type
4.5.3 Abstract entities in a Discourse Representation Structure
4.5.4 Viewpoint information in the DRS
5 Temporal and spatial progression
5.1 Sentences in context: patterns of tense interpretation
5.1.1 Continuity: Narrative mode
5.1.2 Anaphora: Description mode
5.1.3 Deictic pattern: Report, Information, Argument
5.2 Introduction to the temporal system of English
5.2.1 Simple sentences
5.2.2 Sentences with complement clauses
5.3 Tense interpretation in Discourse Representation Theory
5.3.1 Principles for tense interpretation
5.3.2 Single sentences
5.3.3 Narrative passages
5.3.4 Description: Full Anaphora
5.3.5 Report: temporal advancement
5.4 Spatial information in language
5.5 Features of temporal expressions
6 Referring expressions in discourse
6.1 Atemporal text progression and Primary Referents
6.1.1 Determining the Primary Referent
6.1.2 Primary Referents in text fragments
6.1.3 Primary Referents and Discourse Representation Theory
6.2 Referring expressions
6.2.1 Closed systems
6.2.2 Pronouns Stressed and unstressed pronouns Reflexive pronouns Null pronouns
6.3 The familiarity status of referring expressions
6.3.1 Patterns in discourse Continuity Referring expressions and discourse organization.
6.4 Referring expressions and Discourse Representation Theory
III Surface presentational factors
7 Subjectivity in texts
7.1 Responsibility for subjectivity
7.2 Expressions of communication
7.3 Contents of mind
7.4 Evaluative and evidential subjectivity
7.5 Perception and perspectival sentences
7.5.1 Perception
7.5.2 Particular standpoints
7.6 Formalizing the interpretation of subjectivity
7.6.1 The approach
7.6.2 Compositional rules Rules for subjectivity I: communication Rules for subjectivity II: contents of mind and evidentiality Rules for subjectivity III: perception and perspective
7.7 Summary and conclusion
8 The contribution of surface presentation
8.1 Presentational factors
8.2 The topic-comment partition
8.2.1 Aboutness
8.2.2 Topic phrases in sentences
8.2.3 Sentences without topics
8.2.4 Notions of topic
8.2.5 Determining the topic phrase of a sentence
8.3 The Focus-Background partition
8.3.1 Properties of focus phrases
8.3.2 Focus and semantic interpretation
8.3.3 Contrastive and emphatic focus The relation between contrast and emphasis Types of contrastive focus Summary and comment
8.4 Dual partitioning and the representation of topic and focus
8.5 Conclusion
9 Non-canonical structures and presentation
9.1 Non-canonical constructions
9.2 Argument constructions
9.2.1 Non-canonical subjects
9.2.2 Inversion
9.2.3 Argument preposing and postposing
9.3 Non-argument preposing: Adjuncts
9.4 Multi-clause sentences
9.5 Paragraphs
9.6 Presentational information in Discourse Representation Structure
IV Discourse Modes and their context
10 Information in text passages
10.1 The Discourse Modes
10.1.1 Subjectivity
10.1.2 Presentational progression.
10.1.3 Patterns of organization in texts
10.2 Multiple analyses of text passages
10.3 Formalization in Discourse Representation Structures
11 Discourse structure and Discourse Modes
11.1 Organizing principles of texts
11.1.1 Hierarchical structure
11.1.2 Functional units
11.2 Discourse relations
11.2.1 Background of discourse relations
11.2.2 Current approaches
11.2.3 Classes of discourse relations
11.3 Discourse Modes and text structure
11.4 Conclusion
Appendix A: The texts
Appendix B: Glossary
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