Modes of Discourse: The Local Structure of Texts

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General index
Abstract Entities 24, 78, 88
Facts 24, 74, 89
Propositions 24, 74, 89, 163
accent, accentuation 188, 193–95, 204, 219
accommodation, see inference
adjunct preposing 228, 232, 233
locative PPs 228
temporal clauses 231
advancement, temporal 14, 26–28, 30, 57, 93
adverbials
durative adverbial, tacit 80, 96, 112, 212
locating 120
anaphora 62, 150
argument mode 20, 33–34, 37, 98, 252
argument preposing 224
aspectual systems 67, 70
attention 13, 25, 202
Background, see Foreground and Background
Bounded Event Constraint 76, 88, 102–3
exceptions to 103
Boundedness, bounded events 14, 26, 71, 102–3
canonical sentences 13, 148, 187, 213
categorical sentences 195–96
Centering Theory 13, 146, 193
Cleft constructions 24, 220
it-cleft 34, 219, 221
wh-cleft 219, 221
closed system 13, 69, 100, 118, 132
coercion 71, 86, 96, 118, 123
coherence 45, 47
cohesion 46
lexical 46, 47, 265
commentary 33
common ground, context set 49, 56, 191, 237
communication, expressions of 159
direct address 149, 162, 178
direct speech 149, 159, 178
indirect speech 160, 169–77, 211
quoted speech 159, 178
represented speech 161
verbs of 161
communicative dynamism 185, 187
complement clauses and abstract entities 78, 104
communication verbs 104
temporal interpretation 27, 69, 119, 120
composite 10, 57, 175
compositional rules in DR Theory 82, 83, 84, 88, 123
condensed clauses 140, 230
construction rules, see Discourse Representation Theory
Context 11, 105, 108
continuity 112, 145, 149, 178
global continuity 13, 20, 198
local continuity 13, 198
subjective 168
continuity tense interpretation, see tense
contrast and emphasis 205, 208
alternatives 205
oppositional contrast 198–208
dative alternation 226
Deictic tense, see tense
deixis, deictic 17, 30, 128, 155
adverbs 101, 108, 160
derived situation types, see situation type
Description mode 20, 28, 36, 95, 248
discourse continuity 149, 178
discourse grammar 44–45

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xiii
  • Introduction 1
  • I Discourse Structure 5
  • 1: The Study of Discourse 7
  • 2: Introduction to the Discourse Modes 22
  • 3: Text Representation and Understanding 49
  • II: Linguistic Analysis of the Discourse Modes 65
  • 4: Aspectual Information 67
  • 5: Temporal and Spatial Progression 92
  • 6: Referring Expressions in Discourse 123
  • III: Surface Presentational Factors 153
  • 7: Subjectivity in Texts 155
  • 8: The Contribution of Surface Presentation 185
  • 9: Non-Canonical Structures and Presentation 213
  • IV: Discourse Modes and Their Context 241
  • 10: Information in Text Passages 243
  • 11: Discourse Structure and Discourse Modes 258
  • Appendix A - The Texts 267
  • Appendix B - Glossary 286
  • References 294
  • General Index 314
  • Index of Names 318
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