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    Discourse Analysis

    What is discourse analysis used for? To illustrate with examples is most welcomed and appreciated.

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    Re: Discourse Analysis

    Quote Originally Posted by Deepurple View Post
    What is discourse analysis used for? To illustrate with examples is most welcomed and appreciated.
    As far as I know this expression was first used by Zellig Sabbetai Harris in his work in structural linguistics and meansthe formal analysis of the structure of continuous text.
    He (as well as Chomsky) developed the structural linguistic ideas of Leonard Bloomfield
    and discovered the linear relations of phonemes and morphemes.
    Harris specified two complementary subsets within the grammatical sentences in a particular language (for example, English)
    kernel sentences and nonkernel sentences.
    The difference between these two subsets is that nonkernel sentences are derived from kernel sentences according to transformational rules.

    “The workers rejected the ultimatum” is a kernel sentence from which
    nonkernel sentences such as
    “The ultimatum was rejected by the workers”
    “Did the workers reject the ultimatum?”
    may be derived.

    hope this helps.

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