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      AUTHOR = {Ramm, Wiebke and Villiger, Claudia},
      TITLE = {Global Text Organization and Sentence-Grammatical Realization: Discourse-Level Constraints on Theme Selection},
      YEAR = {1995},
      MONTH = {May},
      NUMBER = {61},
      ADDRESS = {Saarbrücken},
      TYPE = {CLAUS-Report},
      INSTITUTION = {Universität des Saarlandes},
      URL = {},
      ABSTRACT = {In this paper we address aspects of the interaction of global discourse parameters such as text type and subject matter with the selection of local features (e.g., thematic organization in terms of theme-rheme configurations) responsible for the appearance of the individual linguistic units the discourse consists of. Our starting point is the observation that the same propositional content often can be expressed linguistically by different lexical and grammatical means, for instance, by word order alternatives or by using different lexical categories. These alternatives result from the exploitation of a number of linguistic mechanisms (e.g., focussing, thematization) controlling the foregrounding and backgrounding of different parts of information communicated and differ in the pragmatic effects they achieve. Our interest lies in the textual-pragmatic motivations leading to the choice of a certain textual variant; in particular, we investigate the constraints global discourse structure imposes on sentence-level discourse organization. Proceeding from a stratificational model of the language system, our approach aims at the specification of interstratal constraints expressing the interdependency between higher-level discourse organization and lexico-grammatical realization on sentence level. A possible application area would be text generation where a notorious problem is the gap between global-level text planning and lexico-grammatical expression. The choice of grammatical (sentence) theme in German and its text type and domain dependency is taken as a sample phenomenon to illustrate our methodology.},
      ANNOTE = {COLIURL : Ramm:1995:GTOb.pdf}
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