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Discourse AnalysisAn Introduction$
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Alexandra Georgakopoulou and Dionysis Goutsos

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620456

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620456.001.0001

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Discourse Organisation

Discourse Organisation

Chapter:
(p.90) 4 Discourse Organisation
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Discourse Analysis
Author(s):

Alexandra Georgakopoulou

Dionysis Goutsos

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620456.003.0004

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

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