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Function and Genres

Studies on the Linguistic Features of Discourse Types


Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy

Text is a linguistic unit of communication in which linguistically expressed conceptual units are connected in different conceptual structures. The conceptual construal of things, events and relations is structured on the basis of a variety of cognitive and communicational options. These choices form discourse schemas, partly in a culturespecific way. There is a dynamic relationship between schema and instantiation. The volume approaches these questions from a functional perspective, where the processual nature of discourse is as important as its structural character. The volume has two parts: the first one presents theoretical papers, the second deals with certain discourse types, and some linguistic features that characterize specific discourse types.
Contents: Piroska Kocsány: The results and/or failure of text typology – Gábor Tolcsvai Nagy: Toward a cognitive discourse typology – Edit Dobi: The possibilities of formal linguistic analysis in the representation of texts – Erzsébet Fehér: Text typology in the rhetorical tradition – Éva Andó: Cognitive and functional aspects of the analysis of spoken language storytelling – Ágnes Hámori: On discourse genres – Szilvia Takács: Text typology in folkloristic studies. Epic incantational prayers – Szilárd Tátrai: Perspective and deixis in narrative discourses.