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Title: The role of discourse reflexivity in a linear description of grammar and discourse : the case of IMDb message boards
Author: Smart, Cameron
ISNI:       0000 0004 5346 5418
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2014
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This study investigates the role of discourse reflexivity in the linear structure of both grammar and discourse by proposing an integrated model combining an adaptation of Sinclair and Mauranen’s (2006) model of Linear Unit Grammar with two of Sinclair’s models for the analysis of discourse (Sinclair 1992, 1993/2004e). It is a model which can be applied both to spoken and written as well as to monologic, dialogic and polylogic discourse. In order to demonstrate the model and how it can be employed in the investigation of the role of discourse reflexivity in the linear structure of discourse, a corpus of online message board discourse of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website is used. Within the scope of grammar, it is found that discourse reflexivity is particularly salient in initial suspensive elements in the linear unit and that these elements perform a variety of functions depending on the type of element sequence in which they occur and on their position in the linear structure. In discourse, it is found that there is large number of suspensive linear units between turns, i.e. those in which participants do not comply with expectations, coinciding with points where negative evaluation or antagonism is expressed. Discourse reflexivity is particularly salient at such points and therefore can be seen to play a central role in the linear structure and character of the discourse.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: P Philology. Linguistics