Text and Technology focuses on three major areas of modern linguistics: discourse analysis, corpus-driven analysis of language, and computational linguistics. The volume starts off with a description of the various British traditions in text analysis by Michael Stubbs. The first section "Spoken and Written Discourse" contains contributions by Martin Warren, Mohd Dahan Hazadiah., Amy B.M. Tsui, Anna Mauranen and Susan Hunston. The next section on corpus-driven analysis "Corpus Studies: Theory and Practice" contains contributions by Gill Francis, Bill Louw, Allan Partington, Elena Tognini-Bonelli. The contributions in this section by Kirsten Malmkjaer and Mona Baker deal specifically with translated text. The final third section "Text and Technology: Computational Tools" has contributions by David Coniam, Jeremy Clear, Junsaku Nakamura, Geoff Barnbrook and Margaret Allen. In spite of the specialised nature of the topics discussed and the level of sophistication with which these topcis are handled, the papers are written in a clear and accessible style and will therefore be of interest to seasoned scholars and students alike. An extensive index further enhances the value of this collection as a reference point for many of the issues that currently lie at the heart of modern linguistics enquiry.
1. Foreword; 2. British Traditions in Text Analysis - From Firth to Sinclair (by Stubbs, Michael); 3. 1. Spoken and Written Discourse; 4. Inexplicitness - A Feature of Naturalness in Conversation (by Warren, Martin); 5. Topic as a Dynamic Element in Spoken Discourse (by Hazadiah, Mohd Dahan); 6. Interpreting Multi-act Moves in Spoken Discourse (by Tsui, Amy B.M.); 7. Theme and Prospection in Written Discourse (by Mauranen, Anna); 8. Professional Conflict - Disagreement in Academic Discourse (by Hunston, Susan); 9. 2. Corpus Studies: Theory and Practice; 10. A Corpus-Driven Approach to Grammar - Principles, Methods and Examples (by Francis, Gill); 11. Irony in the Text or Insincerity in the Writer? - The Diagnostic Potential of Semantic Prosodies (by Louw, Bill); 12. Corpus Evidence of Language Change - The Case of the Intensifier (by Partington, Alan); 13. Interpretative Nodes in Discourse - Actual and Actually (by Tognini-Bonelli, Elena); 14. Who Can Make Nice a Better Word Than Pretty? - Collocation, Translation, and Psycholinguistics (by Malmkjaer, Kirsten); 15. Corpus Linguistics and Translation Studies - Implications and Applications (by Baker, Mona); 16. 3. Text and Technology: Computational Tools; 17. A Prototype Boundary Marker (by Coniam, David); 18. From Firth Principles - Computational Tools for the Study of Collocation (by Clear, Jeremy); 19. Statistical Methods and Large Corpora - A New Tool for Describing Text Types (by Nakamura, Junsaku); 20. The Automatic Analysis of Dictionaries - Parsing Cobuild Explanations (by Barnbrook, Geoff); 21. Teaching, Text and Technology - A Hypermedia Environment (by Allen, Margaret); 22. Index