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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/1934

Title: Thematic Analysis of Written English Discourse
Other Titles: 談話文の主題分析
Authors: Shibayama, Morijiro
Keywords: Systemic Grammar
Theme
Rheme
Cohesion
Issue Date: 22-Mar-1988
Publisher: 群馬大学医療技術短期大学部
Citation: 群馬大学医療技術短期大学部紀要. 8, 167-175 (1988)
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate intra-textual connections of written English discourse. For that purpose, five samples (10 paragraphs each) from a widely-used American nursing textbook were analysed for independent clauses. Then the semantic connections through cohesion among their Themes and Rhemes across clause boundaries were identified and the frequencies of the four types of connections (Theme/Theme, Rheme/Theme, Rheme/Rheme, Theme/Rheme) were counted. The results of the analysis revealed that the average number of independent clauses in a paragraph was 4.54, that nominal Themes were more frequent than adverbial Themes, and that Rheme/Theme and Theme/Theme connections across independent clauses were more frequent than Rheme/Rheme and Theme/Rheme connections. It is expected that such textual knowledge should help EFL writers to write a coherent text for a practical purpose similar to that of the material used in this study.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10087/1934
ISSN: 0389-7540
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