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7. An RNT Approach to Participants in English Texts

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1. Title Title of document 7. An RNT Approach to Participants in English Texts - An Introduction to Relational Network Theory
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Adolfo García; Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata; Argentina
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) English; narrative; nouns; pronouns; ambiguity; zero realization
5. Subject Subject classification Relational Network Theory
6. Description Abstract This chapter offers a relational network perspective on pronoun distribution in narration. Although countless nouns can be referred to by only a few (third-person) pronouns, the latter rarely produce ambiguity in discourse, even when the actions of varied participants are described. In narrative, a participant is usually named at first appearance, while pronouns are used for subsequent appearances. Reoccurrence of a name may respond to text length, discourse considerations (e.g., providing new information, establishing a thematic participant), and semantic constraints (e.g., avoiding ambiguity). Following Gleason’s stratificational approach to pronoun occurrence in a folktale in Kâte (a Papuan language), we present a network-based description of noun, pronoun, or zero realization for participant reference in a comparable English text. The chapter shows that discourse-level phenomena in typologically different languages can be characterized using similar resources from Relational Network Theory.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-May-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26604
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; An Introduction to Relational Network Theory
16. Language English=en en
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