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  1. oliver.huber, Hyper-Text-Linguistik

Message 1: Hyper-Text-Linguistik

Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2004 13:20:59 -0500 (EST)
From: oliver.huber <>
Subject: Hyper-Text-Linguistik

Institution: LMU (University of Munich)
Program: Textlinguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2002

Author: Oliver Huber

Dissertation Title: Hyper-Text-Linguistik

Dissertation URL:

Linguistic Field: Computational Linguistics, Text/Corpus Linguistics
Dissertation Director 1: Wolfgang Schindler
Dissertation Director 2: Elmar Seebold

Dissertation Abstract:

This doctoral thesis suggests a text-linguistic approach dealing with
linked electronic texts, so called HYPERTEXTS. After explaining the
concept and philosophy of the hypertext-idea and elaborating on a
pragmatic definition of WWW-hypertexts (Part A of the thesis), a
linguistic framework, the Textlinguistisches Analysemodell f�r
Hypertexte (TAH), is proposed (Part B).

TAH provides a pragmatic-functional, top-down model to analyze
CONTEXT, FUNCTION and STRUCTURE of complete hypertexts and the
hypertext-components NODE and LINK. Main aim of TAH is to strictly
separate the different aspects of each hypertext- and linguistic level
- without isolating them. The theoretical approach of TAH is used for
a case study (Part C). Therefore a corpus of WWW-hypertexts, mainly
informative and instructive ones, is examined with TAH-methods. Aim of
this study is on the one hand to provide some sort of evidence for the
plausibility of TAH and is on the other hand linked with a specific
question of research: It deals with possibilities provided by
linguistics to enhance hypertext-links with logically, semantically
and/or rhetorically typed information. The conclusion of the study is
to distinguish exactly between semantics of a
deepstructure-knowledge-presentation, semantic and rhetoric relations
of the surface, i.e. the hypertext the user can see, and the layout or
traversal behavior respectively of the user interface, i.e. the
browsersoftware. Part C mainly deals with problems of typed links on
the surface of hypertexts.

The dissertation is written in German and can be downloaded under:
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