Thematic structure: a starting point
The Birth of the Academic Article - Le Journal des Sçavans and the Philosophical Transactions 1665-1700 - David Banks
David Banks [+]
Universite de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France
In this section the thematic structure in each of the journals is analysed. The grammatical functions of topical themes are studied, as is the incidence of textual and interpersonal themes. Thematic progression is analysed and a semantic categorization of themes is given. In the case of the Journal des Sçavans, this gives rise to more detailed comments on humans other than the author functioning as theme, objects of study, other texts, and the position of the reviewer. The results for the two periodicals are compared.