Text Types and the History of English by Manfred Gorlach

By Manfred Gorlach

The publication contains methodological reflexions on shape, content material and serve as in a entire description of textual content types/genres. those concerns are then exemplified intimately by means of analyses of person varieties similar to cooking recipes, e-book dedications, ads, jokes, and church hymns. The move of sorts and the variety of present forms are defined for Scotland and for India. the outline is done by way of a precis record of a few 2100 textual content kinds with definitions and their documentation within the background of English.

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Text Types and the History of English

The ebook includes methodological reflexions on shape, content material and serve as in a complete description of textual content types/genres. those issues are then exemplified intimately by means of analyses of person forms equivalent to cooking recipes, booklet dedications, ads, jokes, and church hymns. The move of varieties and the diversity of present kinds are defined for Scotland and for India.

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E17, *representative COLLECTION of literary selections alibi PLEA by person accused that he was elsewhere L18 allegation †2 excuse, PLEA LME–E17, *formal averment, unsupported ASSERTION E17 allegory 2 an instance of NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION M17 allocution 1 formal or hortatory address E17, *address by pope L17 allowance †7 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, admission L16–M18 allusion †1 pun, 2† parable, allegory M16–L18, 3 indirect REFERENCE E17 almagest early TEXTBOOK of astrology and alchemy LME almanac annual TABLE LME, *publication containing COLLECTION of useful facts, publication containing data on royal families etc.

The method has been fruitfully applied to smaller lexical fields, especially where the number of distinctive features is limited and fields are organized in obvious patterns. A tentative feature analysis of a few text types will be useful to illustrate the method here described (cf. figure 3 above). Such a comprehensive description was out of the question in a field comprising some 2,000 terms. ) I have therefore decided, with some qualms, to start from more or less encyclopedic distinctions, which have been impressionistically postulated in the hope that they will turn out to reflect semantic contrasts.

Minimal free items can be combined to form new entities; the resulting composite items (cf. G) on the complex level can be orderly/predictable (as in a dictionary), or conglomerates (cf. I), organized according to historical conventions (as in a newspaper) or be idiosyncratic (as in a private letter). Bound types have regular functions in a greater whole. Note that generic items will group related text types together (ephemera, news) without necessarily making them parts of larger units; such items consequently lack proper singulars (?

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