Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Kuhnlein, Peter, Anton Benz, and Candace L. Sidner. (Eds.). Constraints in Discourse 2

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Kuhnlein, Peter, Anton Benz, and Candace L. Sidner. (Eds.). Constraints in Discourse 2

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Kuhnlein, Peter, Anton Benz, and Candace L. Sidner. (Eds.). Constraints in Discourse 2. Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2010. Pp. 180. ISBN 978-90-272-5438-2 (cloth) $143.00; 978-90-272-8854-7 (e-book) $143.00.

This volume, part of the Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, publishes a second volume (with eight papers) of presentations from a workshop on the theme, all of which seek to advance the study of texts, coherence, and rhetorical structure in their various forms. In his introduction, Peter Kuhnlein notes that texts "vary along a multitude of dimensions ... written, monological, or an exchange between a number of participants" for a variety of purposes and in various settings (p. 1). The essays here explore the idea of structure in texts--a characteristic that cuts across all manner of text, whether written, spoken, or mediated. Kuhnlein notes that researchers have paid particular attention to one kind of structure: "it is what is called the rhetorical or coherence structure" (p. 1, italics in original). The papers in this volume offer different perspectives on coherence structure, the units of that structure, the rhetorical relations implicit in the structures, and the properties of the structures. …

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