This course is designed to help students understand how different languages structure texts and how the resulting structure may affect communication and translation. The course focuses on the discourse structure of narrative texts, although a brief survey of the structure of non-narrative texts is included at the end of the course. Students practice analyzing texts for various discourse features. Some issues considered are sentence structures, macrosegmentation of texts, the use of particles and conjunctions, and information structure. Salience schemes, transitivity, participant reference, and paragraph analysis are some of the other topics included.
Course DetailsLevel: Graduate
Credit hours: 3
Term(s) course is offered: Spring/Fall
Prerequisites: AL4410b Principles of Grammatical Analysis (b).
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