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La position initiale dans l'organisation du discours :
une exploration en corpus

Abstract : This thesis proposes an exploratory study of discourse organization based on a written French corpus of 700.000 words. It focuses on initial position (defined as the pre-verbal zone) constituting the starting point for textual units at different levels of granularity: sections, paragraphs and sentences. Initial position is relevant in both cognitive and discourse linguistics. It is in this position that the speaker expresses the crucial information and it is from there that the reader's interpretation proceeds. Crucial information may consist in marking either continuity (e.g. expressing old information first) or discontinuity (e.g. indicating that the discourse frame in which incoming information is to be interpreted has changed).
All pre-verbal zones in the corpus have been automatically annotated (23217 sentences) and their composition has been quantitatively analysed. Our data show that the discourse role of elements that appear in initial position is significantly related to discourse factors, and more precisely to the following three factors: text-type, textual position, and collocations in initial position.
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Lydia-Mai Ho-Dac. La position initiale dans l'organisation du discours :
une exploration en corpus. Linguistique. Université Toulouse le Mirail - Toulouse II, 2007. Français. ⟨tel-00176747v3⟩



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