Essential study guides for the future linguist. Text Analysis and Representation is a general introduction to the methods and principles behind English linguistics study, suitable for students at advanced level and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it looks at the way meaning is made using authentic written and spoken examples. This helps students give confident analysis and articulate responses. Using short activities to help explain analysis methods, this book guides students through major modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.
1. What is text analysis and representation?: 1.1. Big issues; 1.2. Discourse; 1.3. Context; 1.4. Meaning; 1.5. Register; 1.6. What is a text?; 1.7. Using metalanguage; 1.8. Participants in discourse; 1.9. Language as a system of meaning; 1.10. Mode and genre; 1.11. Purpose; 1.12. Approaches to analysing texts; 2. The structure of language: building words: 2.1. How language is organised; 2.2. Phonetics and phonology; 2.3. Grammar: building words; 2.4. Categories of words; 3. The structure of language: building sentences: 3.1. Distribution; 3.2. Phrases; 3.3. Clauses; 3.4. Functions; 3.5. Active and passive voice; 3.6. Sentences; 4. Creating meaning: 4.1. Negotiating meaning: semantics and pragmatics; 4.2. Knowledge; 4.3. Networks of words; 4.4. Metaphor; 4.5. Modality; 4.6. Building and representing the world; 5. Spoken language: 5.1. Working with spoken language; 5.2. Speech acts; 5.3. Narrative; 5.4. Multi-speaker interaction; 5.5. The social nature of speech; Ideas and answers; References.