Rhetorical System and Structure Theory: The System of RHETORICAL RELATIONS

Rhetorical Structure Theory and Its Applications - Past, Present and Future - Bo Wang

Bo Wang [+-]
Sun Yat-sen University, China
Bo Wang received his doctoral degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. His research interests include systemic functional linguistics, translation studies, discourse analysis, and language description. He is co-author of Lao She's Teahouse and Its Two English Translations (Routledge), Translating Tagore’s Stray Birds into Chinese (Routledge) and Systemic Functional Insights on Language and Linguistics (Springer). He is currently Associate Research Fellow from School of International Studies, Sun Yat-sen University, China.
Yuanyi Ma [+-]
Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology
Yuanyi Ma received her doctoral degree from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Her research interests include systemic functional linguistics, translation studies, discourse analysis, and language description. She is co-author of Lao She's Teahouse and Its Two English Translations (Routledge), Translating Tagore’s Stray Birds into Chinese (Routledge) and Systemic Functional Insights on Language and Linguistics (Springer). She is Lecturer from Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology.

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By integrating classical RST with the logico-semantic relations in SFL, Matthiessen (forthcoming) has developed the Rhetorical System and Structure Theory. Such an integration considers RST relations as extensions of the rather broad logico-semantic relations, providing a more elaborate system useful for both text analysis and the application of RST in different contexts. In this chapter, we elaborate on the choices in the system of RHETORICAL RELATIONS, involving choices made in various subsystems such as NUCLEARITY (TAXIS), LOGICO-SEMANTIC TYPE, ORIENTATION and RECURSION. Also, we will illustrate how the system of RHETORICAL RELATIONS can be viewed trinocularly in terms of the various semiotic dimensions in SFL. For instance, from the perspective of stratification (see Chapter 1), rhetorical relations can be viewed (i) from above, i.e. be approached from context in relation to the three contextual parameters of field, tenor and mode, (ii) from roundabout, i.e. be considered systemically in terms of the system of RHETORICAL RELATIONS, and (iii) from below, i.e. be considered in terms of lexicogrammar and see how rhetorical relations are realized in wording in systems such as CLAUSE COMPLEXING and CONJUNCTION.

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Wang, Bo; Ma, Yuanyi. Rhetorical System and Structure Theory: The System of RHETORICAL RELATIONS. Rhetorical Structure Theory and Its Applications - Past, Present and Future. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2024. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41442. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41442. Feb 2024

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