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Chapter 09

Student resources for Chapter 09: Discourse

Accompanying audio files for Chapter 9: Discourse


Study guide for Chapter 09: Discourse

You should be able to simply define or explain the following terms and concepts.

Discourse Fragmentary Unit Terminal Pitch Contour
Genre Topic of Conversation Climax
Intonation Narrative Schema Coda
Intonation Unit Complicating Action Substantive Unit
Regulatory Unit Identifiability New, Accessible, and Given Activation States

On completion of this chapter, you should be able to perform the following tasks

  • Read transcription of conversational discourse that indicates prosodic categories.

  • Identify intonation units and discuss how each relates to the topic.

  • Discuss the relationship between prosody and intonation units.

  • Distinguish between substantive, regulatory, and fragmentary intonation units and give examples of them.

  • Identify the functions that intonation units have in navigating a topic of conversation.

  • Identify structural elements of a narrative.

  • Determine whether the activation state of an idea is given, new, or accessible.

  • Determine whether the referent of a noun phrase is identifiable or non-identifiable.

  • Discuss why studying discourse contributes to a broader understanding of languages and linguistic structure.

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