Mapping Registers with Rhetorical Structure Theory

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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Chapter 4 associates the use of RST with texts of different registers (cf. Matthiessen & Teruya 2015). We will categorize texts of different registers according to Matthiessen’s (e.g. Matthiessen 2014, 2015a, 2015b; Matthiessen & Teruya 2016) categorization of register in terms of the eight fields of activity and their subtypes. In this way, we approach register from above in terms of stratification from the three parameters of field, tenor and mode. Then, we analyse representative texts selected in accordance with the different registers and point out the choices of rhetorical structures and their lexicogrammatical realisations.

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Wang, Bo; Ma, Yuanyi. Mapping Registers with Rhetorical Structure Theory. 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=41443. Date accessed: 20 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41443. Feb 2024

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