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Presents 12 papers on coherence, participant reference, and Relevance Theory in Niger-Congo and Chadic languages of Cameroon.
The papers are organized into three sections to explain the linguistic features of Niger-Congo and Chadic languages of Cameroon whose meaning can only be explained by taking into account domains larger than the sentence. Folk tales and other narratives are used to illustrate discourse features of 10 languages from Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, and Zaïre.
The first section concentrates on how coherence is maintained in a text when the author introduces a local discontinuity.
The second section identifies factors which affect the amount of encoding used as a speaker refers to participants throughout a discourse.
The third section presents data that applies insights from Relevance Theory. Describes markers of prominence and backgrounding.
Stephen H. Levinsohn directed this workshop in 1993 in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He is an International Linguistics Consultant with SIL International, did fieldwork in Colombia from 1968 to 1998 with the Inga (Quechuan) people, and directs linguistic and "Discourse for Translation" workshops in different parts of West Africa and Latin America. He received his Ph.D. in Linguistic Science from the University of Reading (England) in 1980.
Preface Stephen H. Levinsohn