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oa Alternation - Thoughts About Discourse Comprehension

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757

 

Abstract

What is Involved in Understanding Discourse? There are two very basic problems buried under my question. The first has to do with understanding and comprehension. The second problem is the meaning of 'discourse'. It has often been convenient to make a distinction between text and discourse. One of the common ways of doing so is to define discourse as text plus situational context, and conversely text as discourse minus situational context. To cite once again a classic example: if there is a sign saying 'No Smoking' on the wall of a lecture room, the sign qualifies as discourse. But if a linguist takes down the sign and puts it on his desk in order to analyse its syntax, it turns into text.

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1997-01-01
2019-10-18

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