Deviations from the basic distribution of communicative dynamism as a style marker

Source document: Brno studies in English. 2015, vol. 41, iss. 1, pp. [29]-40
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    0524-6881 (print)
    1805-0867 (online)
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The article compares academic prose and fiction from the viewpoint of deviations from the basic distribution of communicative dynamism, i.e. the ordering theme - transition - rheme. The aim of the comparison is to ascertain whether non-compliant word order configurations can serve as a style marker. According to previous studies it is assumed that the two text sorts will differ not only in the representation of the basic distribution of CD and deviations from it, but also in the types of non-compliance, which are expected to reflect the different character and subject matter of the examined text sorts: fiction is assumed to display more deviations from the basic distribution in the postverbal orderings, whereas academic prose in the preverbal configurations.
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