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Discourse Structures:

Some suggestions for visualization
and quantification



Discourse analysis by ethnomethodological techniques, the main stream of today’s discourse analysis, is characterized by analysis of discourse which actually occurred in   particular settings.  Therefore, the rules and structures found there may be able to claim only limited applicability.  Also, their structural descriptions are, in many cases, explanations by language.  The greatest feature of this book is the fact that it suggested some techniques to visualize or quantify discourse structures.  This book presents top-down theoretical frameworks for analysis, in both spoken and written modes, for the macro structure of discourse, the structure of information flow, the structure of topic transition, and the structure of discourse as comprehension and production processes.  It also presents sample analyses and diagrams based on the theoretical frameworks suggested there. 
Akio Yabuuchi