1st Edition

Dependency Structures from Syntax to Discourse A Corpus Study of Journalistic English

By Hongxin Zhang Copyright 2024
    296 Pages 54 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Based on the large corpora of journalistic English, this title examines dependency relations and related properties at both syntactic and discourse levels, seeking to unravel the language patterns of real-life usage.

    With a focus on rank-frequency distribution, the author investigates the distribution of linguistic properties/units from the perspectives of properties, motifs and sequencings. At the syntactic level, the book analyses the following three dimensions: various combinations of a complete dependency structure, valency and dependency distance. At the discourse level, it proves that the elements can also form dependency relations by exploring (1) the rank-frequency distribution of Rhetorical Structure Theory relations, their motifs, discourse valency and discourse dependency distance; (2) whether there is top-down organisation or an inverted pyramid structure at all the three discourse levels; and (3) whether discourse dependency distances and valencies are lawfully distributed, following the same distribution patterns as those at the syntactic level.

    This book will be of great value for scholars and students of quantitative linguistics and computational linguistics and its practical insights will also benefit professionals of language teaching and journalistic writing.

    1. Introduction 2. Literature Review and the Present Study 3. Diversification Processes and Least Effort Principle 4. Research Materials and Methods 5. Syntactic Dependency Relations and Related Properties 6. Discourse Dependency Relations 7. Concluding Remarks


    Hongxin (Maria) Zhang is a lecturer at the School of International Studies, Zhejiang University, China. Her main research interests include quantitative linguistics, dependency grammar, synergetic linguistics and discourse studies.