9780415108393

Variety in Written English: Texts in Society:Societies in Text

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415108393

  • ISBN10:

    041510839X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-10-02
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Summary

Combining insights from a variety of written genres including Hallidayan functional linguistics and relevance theory, Tony Bex demonstrates how written texts operate within society to convey meaning. Variety in Written Discourseexamines a wide range of written genres from advertisements and letters to poetry and literature. Providing an accessible and comprehensive survey of genre theory, the Bex also proposes a challenging new way of analyzing genre which emphasizes communicative function. The book includes numerous exercises and annotated bibliographies.

Author Biography

Tony Bex is currently senior lecturer at the University of Kent and has previously taught in Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia and Algeria.

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Variety and 'Standard English'p. 8
A (very brief) history of Englishp. 30
Texts in societies: societies in textsp. 51
Some definitional problemsp. 71
Cohesion, coherence and registerp. 90
Interpreting the languagep. 113
Genrep. 136
The case of literaturep. 176
Conclusionp. 194
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 218
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