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Patterns of Text: In Honour of Michael Hoey


It is increasingly clear that, in order to understand language as a phenomenon, we must understand the phenomenon of text. Our primary experience of language comes in the form of texts, which embody the complete communicative events through which our language-using lives are lived. These events are shaped by communicative needs, and this shaping is reflected in certain characteristic patterns in the texts. However, the nature of texts and text is still elusive: we know which forms are typically found in text but we do not yet have a full grasp of how they constitute its textuality, how they make a text “tick”. The twelve contributions to this volume show how texts across a wide range of text types hold together by different patterns of chunking and linking. The common purpose in all the contributions is to explore the nature of text patterning as the functional environment within which language operates.


Table of contents


Introduction: Why ‘patterns of text’?
Colligation, lexis, pattern, and text
Susan Hunston
Lexical signals of word relations
Antoinette Renouf
Patterns of cohesion in spoken text
Susan Thompson and Geoff Thompson
Issues in modelling the textual metafunction
Peter H. Fries
Mapping key words to problem and solution
Mike Scott
The negotiation of evaluation in written text
Adriana Bolívar
Some discourse patterns and signalling of theassessment-basis relation
Michael P. Jordan
Repeat after me: The role of repetition in the life of an emergent reader
Ann Darnton
Lexical segments in text
Tony Berber Sardinha
Patterns of lexis on the surface of texts
Malcolm Coulthard
Patterns of text in teacher education
Julian Edge and Sue Wharton
The deification of information
John McH. Sinclair
Name Index
Subject Index



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