M1: Unit 1: Chapter 4 – Questions

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At the end of paragraph 4.4 it is said that Albrecht Neubert, who is interested in text linguistics, emphasizes that his work can provide insight and also serve a practical end. How would text linguistics do this?

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Think of a few different types of text and consider to what extent they are primarily informative, expressive and/or operative (i.e. persuasive). Draw a triangle with INFORMATIVE at the top, EXPRESSIVE bottom left and OPERATIVE bottom right. Where in the triangle would you place a reference work, a sermon, an academic lecture, a lyrical poem?

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