Contrastive Discourse Analysis - Functional and Corpus Perspectives - Maite Taboada

Contrastive Discourse Analysis - Functional and Corpus Perspectives - Maite Taboada

Topic and topicality in text: A contrastive study of English and Spanish narrative texts

Contrastive Discourse Analysis - Functional and Corpus Perspectives - Maite Taboada

Raquel Hildalgo
Angela Downing
Universidad Complutense de Madrid

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In this chapter, topic and topicality are explored through the application of a model of analysis to a bilingual sample of English and Spanish written narrative texts in equivalent genres. The results of the analysis show that aboutness topics and frame-setting topics are cross-linguistically stable categories, although language-specific differences are found in the syntactic coding, for instance in how Spanish marks topicless sentences.

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Hildalgo, Raquel; Downing, Angela. Topic and topicality in text: A contrastive study of English and Spanish narrative texts. Contrastive Discourse Analysis - Functional and Corpus Perspectives. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 183-207 May 2013. ISBN 9781908049759. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=21775. Date accessed: 10 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.21775. May 2013

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