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Title: Functional Sentence Perspective in Written and Spoken Communication
Series Title: Studies in English Language
Description:

Inspired by the ideas of the Prague School, the theory of functional
sentence perspective (FSP) is concerned with the distribution of
information as determined by all meaningful elements, from intonation (for
speech) to context. A central feature of FSP is communicative dynamism. Jan
Firbas discusses the distribution of the degrees of communicative dynamism
over sentence elements, which determines the orientation or perspective of
the sentence. He examines also the relation of theme and rheme to, and
implementation by, syntactic components. Special attention is paid to the
relation between FSP and word order. The second part of the book deals with
spoken communication and considers the place of intonation in the interplay
of FSP factors, establishing the concept of prosodic prominence. It tackles
the relationship between the distribution of degrees of communicative
dynamism as determined by the interplay of the non-prosodic FSP factors and
the distribution of degrees of prosodic prominence as brought about by
intonation.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0521031826
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 255
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ISBN: 05213730
ISBN-13: 978052137308
Pages: 255
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