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Author Todd, Richard Watson, 1966- author

Title Discourse topics / Richard Watson Todd
Published Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2016]
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Description 1 online resource
Series Pragmatics & beyond new series
Pragmatics & beyond ; new ser. v. 269
Contents Discourse Topics; Editorial page; Title page; LCC data; Table of contents; List of figures; List of tables; Glossary of commonly used abbreviations; Introduction; Investigating discourse topics; 1.1 Uses of discourse topics in applied linguistics; 1.2 Defining and operationalising discourse topics; 1.2.1 Connectedness; 1.2.2 Aboutness; 1.2.3 Relevance; 1.2.4 Topics, connectedness, aboutness and relevance; 1.3 Text linguistics; 1.4 A preliminary analysis of discourse topics; 1.5 Data analysed; 1.6 Conclusion; Topic boundaries; 2.1 Problems in identifying topic boundaries
2.2 Signals of topic boundaries2.2.1 Topic-shift markers and phrases; 2.2.2 Lexico-semantic indicators of topic boundaries; 2.2.3 Markedness, phonology and other signals of topic boundaries; 2.3 Identifying topic boundaries in discourse; 2.4 Conclusion; Identifying topics; 3.1 How to express topics; 3.2 Sentence topics and discourse topics; 3.3 Identifying topics in discourse; 3.4 Ways of identifying topics; 3.4.1 Word frequencies for topic identification; 3.4.2 Lexical chaining; 3.4.3 Text-specific hierarchies; 3.4.4 Text-specific networks of associations; 3.4.5 Combining sentence topics
3.5 ConclusionTopic development; 4.1 Typologies of topic development; 4.2 Linguistic features of topic development; 4.3 An exchange structure analysis of topic development; 4.4 Applications of topic development; 4.5 Conclusion; Text linguistic analyses of discourse topics; 5.1 Theme-rheme progression analysis; 5.2 Given-new progression analysis; 5.3 Lexical cohesion analysis; 5.4 Topic-based analysis using relations; 5.4.1. Average distance of a move; 5.4.2 Frequency of moves; 5.4.3 Frequency of coherence breaks; 5.4.4 Recycling of concepts and moves
5.5 Topic-based analysis using associations5.6 Conclusion; Comparing the analyses of discourse topics; 6.1 Triangulation of methods of analysis; 6.2 The location of topic boundaries; 6.3 The topics and topic entities identified; 6.4 The types of topic development; 6.5 Validation of the results of the analyses against human judgments; 6.6 Conclusion; Applying discourse topic analysis; 7.1 Text selection; 7.2 Analysing the texts; 7.3 Text 3: Uses of topics; 7.4 Text 4: Wikitalk; 7.5 Text 5: Satirical sermon; 7.6 Text 6: Anecdote; 7.7 Comparison of methods for Texts 3 to 6
7.8 Comparison of analysis of Texts 3 to 67.9 Text 7: A longer text; 7.10 Conclusion; Implications of discourse topics; 8.1 Topic identification; 8.1.1 Topic-based analysis using relations; 8.2 Topic boundaries; 8.3 Topic development; 8.4 Natural Language Processing applications; 8.5 Other applications of discourse topics; 8.6 Conclusion; Transcription conventions; Text 1: Classroom discourse; Text 2: An inconvenient truth; Text 3: Uses of topics; Text 4: Wikitalk; Text 5: Satirical sermon; Text 6: Anecdote
Notes Based on the author's Ph. D. thesis entitled "Topics in classroom discourse", University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK, (2003)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Discourse analysis.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2016057433
ISBN 9027266220 (ebook)
9789027266224 (ebook)
(hb ;) (alk. paper)