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Channel Oral texts Written texts Intent of the Communicator Various types of texts (procedural, expository, persuasive, narrative, descriptive)
Intent of the communicator Genre of texts: – Narrative – Procedural – Expository (Informative) – Persuasive (Hortatory) – Descriptive
When are they used? procedural text: gives instructions on how to do something. expository text: is used to explain something hortatory text (persuasive): is used to encourage or to get someone to do something. As a matter of fact, it is argumentation descriptive text: lists the characteristics of something. narrative text: account of events (novel, newspaper article, biography)
TEXT FORMS Text forms evolve and change Authentic text forms are often mixed According to modern studies, there may be even more text typ44es. Nonetheless, practical suggestions tend to classify texts in 3 main types:
Text Types (Sabatini) Group 1 scientific texts technical texts legal, normative, regulative texts (treatises,essays, technical textbooks and essays; laws and decrees; regulations, administrative acts)
Text Types (Sabatini) Group 2 expository and didactic texts popularising informative texts (e.g. textbooks on social, historical,political topics, popularising texts of various topics,newspaper and magazine articles)
Text Types (Sabatini) Group 3 literary texts, both poetry and fiction.
A text is a sequence of paragraphs that represents an extended unit of speech.
Specialized texts How do we identify them? – External parameters (elements of the communication process) – Internal parameters (formal structure; knowledge structure; linguistic structure)
External Parameters A specialized text must be written by a specialist Those who want to translate specialized texts should get familiar with their specialized context, and should know the domain conventions and lexical/structural peculiarities
Internal Parameters Formal structure Knowledge structure Linguistic structure: Morphological level Lexical level Syntactic level Textual level Specialized texts are precise, more concise, and more systematic. Precision is a relevant feature. Only experts can control it.
Procedural texts Procedural texts can – explain how something works or how to use instruction manuals; – instruct how to do a particular activity.
Procedural texts Structure: elementary. Format: according to the type of procedural text. Language: focuses on people in general – Verb tense: present; – use of action verbs; – use of linking words related to time, first, then, when.
Persuasive (or Hortatory ) texts The persuasive text represents the attempt of the writer to have the addressee do something or act in a certain way. It wants to be convincing so that the addressee is made to share the writer’s opinion.
Features of Persuasive Texts Emotive language – to get a sympathetic reaction. Imperatives – telling the reader what to do. Short sentences – dramatic effect. Logical connectives – e.g. ‘therefore’, ‘because’. Alliteration Address reader directly. Personal and informal tone. Use of contrasts to emphasise particular points. Use of facts to shock the reader.
Example In all the discussion over the removal of lead from petrol (and the atmosphere) there doesn’t seem to have been any mention of the difference between driving in the city and the country. While I realize my leaded petrol car is polluting the air wherever I drive, I feel that when you travel through the country, where you only see another car every five to ten minutes, the problem is not as severe as when traffic is concentrated on city roads.
Example Those who want to penalize older, leaded petrol vehicles and their owners don’t seem to appreciate that, in the country, there is no public transport to fall back upon and one’s own vehicle is the only way to get about. I feel that the country people, who often have to travel huge distances to the nearest town and who already spend a great deal of money on petrol, should be treated differently to the people who live in the city.