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Comparing thematic features in English and Spanish: A functional analysis of two newspaper genres



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Moratón, Lara (2009) Comparing thematic features in English and Spanish: A functional analysis of two newspaper genres. [Trabajo Fin de Máster]

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This study is a contrastive description of the clausal thematic features which characterize two newspaper genres -news articles and editorials- in English and Spanish
with the aim to determine whether the choices are due to language-specific or to genre specific constraints. The sample used for the study consists of a comparable sample of
thirty two texts, sixteen in English and sixteen in Spanish,
collected along a number of external and internal criteria to ensure generic, registerial and text type comparability in both languages. The contrastive analysis focuses on three main thematic features: (1) the experiential elements selected as Thematic Heads, (2) the textual and nterpersonal thematic choices; (3) the syntactic features of the Thematic Heads and Pre-heads. The results of the analysis indicate that, though there are some language-specific tendencies, genre-specific constrains seem to be the determining factor in the selection and syntactic
realization of the thematic features of the two newspaper genres investigated in this study.

Item Type:Trabajo Fin de Máster
Lavid López, Julia
Uncontrolled Keywords:Contractive analysis; Functional analysis
Subjects:Humanities > Philology > English philology
Humanities > Philology > Linguistics
ID Code:17388
Deposited On:13 Dec 2012 14:01
Last Modified:07 Feb 2014 09:46

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