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Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication

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ISBN-10: 0521373085

ISBN-13: 9780521373081

Edition: 1992

Authors: Jan Firbas, Bas Aarts, John Algeo, Susan Fitzmaurice, Richard Hogg

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Inspired by the ideas of the Prague School, the theory of functional sentence perspective (FSP) is concerned with the distribution of information as determined by all meaningful elements, from intonation (for speech) to context. A central feature of FSP is communicative dynamism. Jan Firbas discusses the distribution of the degrees of communicative dynamism over sentence elements, which determines the orientation or perspective of the sentence. He examines also the relation of theme and rheme to, and implementation by, syntactic components. Special attention is paid to the relation between FSP and word order. The second part of the book deals with spoken communication and considers the…    
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Book details

List price: $146.00
Copyright year: 1992
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/25/1992
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

BAS AARTS is Professor of English Linguistics and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London, UK. He has published widely in the field and is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics .

Preface
List of abbreviations
Functional Sentence Perspective in Written Communication
Introduction
The sentence and the carriers of communicative dynamism
The contextual factor
The semantic factor
The theme and the non-theme
Some special issues of the theory of functional sentence perspective
Word order and functional sentence perspective
Functional Sentence Perspective in Spoken Communication
Non-prosodic distribution of degrees of communicative dynamism and degrees of prosodic prominence
Some more observations on the relationship between the non-prosodic distribution of communicative dynamism and that of prosodic prominence
Analyses of two spoken texts
Some special issues concerning functional sentence perspective in the spoken language
References
Index