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Title: Building Coherence and Cohesion
Subtitle: Task-oriented dialogue in English and Spanish
Written By: María Teresa Taboada
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 129

This book examines the resources that speakers employ when building conversations. These resources contribute to overall coherence and cohesion, which speakers create and maintain interactively as they build on each other’s contributions. The study is cross-linguistic, drawing on parallel corpora of task-oriented dialogues between dyads of native speakers of English and Spanish. The framework of the investigation is the analysis of speech genres and their staging; the analysis shows that each stage in the dialogues exhibits different thematic, rhetorical, and cohesive relations. The main contributions of the book are: a corpus-based characterization of a spoken genre (task-oriented dialogue); the compilation of a body of analysis tools for generic analysis; application of English-based analyses to Spanish and comparison between the two languages; and a study of the characteristics of each generic stage in task-oriented dialogue.

Table of contents

List of figures ix
List of tables xi
Abbreviations and Conventions xiii
Preface xv
1. Introduction 1–5
2. A framework for the analysis of speech genres 7–36
3. Data description 37–52
4. The thematic structure of dialogue 53–104
5. Rhetorical relations in dialogue 105–154
6. Cohesion in dialogue 155–180
7. The generic structure of scheduling dialogues 181–206
8. Conclusions and consequences 207–210
Appendix A: Speech act inventory 211–222
References 223–244
Index 245–261

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115631
ISBN-13: 9781588115638
Pages: xvii, 264 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 155
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253722
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Pages: xvii, 264 pp.
Prices: Europe EURO 115.00