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Title: A DISCOURSE-ANALYTICAL ACCOUNT OF TEXTUAL DIFFICULTIES IN A BUSINESS TEXT
Authors: PANG YUEN WAH
Issue Date: 1987
Citation: PANG YUEN WAH (1987). A DISCOURSE-ANALYTICAL ACCOUNT OF TEXTUAL DIFFICULTIES IN A BUSINESS TEXT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This study investigates the relation between reading difficulties and certain aspects of the rhetorical effectiveness of a text, using a business textbook as corpus. A subsidiary aim of the thesis, then, is to clarify some specific problems of exposition. Chapter 1 briefly outlines the objectives, rationale and methodoloqy of this reasearch, at the same time detailing the theoretical framework and assumptions upon which this study is based. Chapter 2 discusses the ways in which discourses may be organised and how the organisation of a discourse may be a source of difficulty for the reader. Chapter 3 takes up the notion of predictions and prospections in discourse and explores the ways in which these features in text may represent obstruction for the careful reader. Chapter 4 explores problems in text that are related to the use of cohesive reference and the definition of key terms. Chapter 5 concludes with a summary of the findings of this study and notes some general principles which may be useful to the teacher in the evaluation of textbooks, preparation of teaching materials or in the drawinq up of writing programmes for students. Throughout this study, it is stressed that interpretative difficulties tend not to be localised, easily identifiable 'features• in text. Rather, difficulties at various levels of the discourse tend to be interrelated. Thus the ways in which they may interfere with the reading process are often subtle. Nonetheless, these difficulties are very real and they serve to emphasise the need for writers to become more self-conscious about writing as interaction with the reader.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/153405
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