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Title: Talking themes : the thematic structure of talk
Authors: Leong, Ping Alvin
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Communication theories and models
Issue Date: 2005
Source: Leong, P. A. (2005). Talking themes : the thematic structure of talk. Discourse Studies, 7(6), 701-732.
Series/Report no.: Discourse Studies
Abstract: This paper examines the thematic structure and progression of an extract of a spontaneous conversation using the inference-boundary model (an amended version of the Hallidayan theme-rheme framework) and the thematic progression framework of Daneš. This paper argues that equal attention should be paid to both thematic and rhematic progression. Insofar as rheme carries the body of the message, it would be tremendously helpful for us to gain an understanding of the patterned behaviour of the rhematic element and how theme and rheme together shape the message in the unfolding discourse. The paper also examines the different patterns of theme-rheme development in the extract. The boxed, gapped, holistic, and multiple developments, including their variant forms, are presented and discussed.
ISSN: 1461-4456
DOI: 10.1177/1461445605055423
Rights: © 2005 SAGE Publications. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Discourse Studies, SAGE Publications. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [].
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