Contrastive relations, evaluation, and generic structure in science news

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Assuming a close relation between generic structure and coherence structure,this paper attempts to classify the meanings linked by contrastive relations inthe genre of science news. The analysis reveals five typical configurations recurrentin the genre which are characterized predominantly by linguistic evaluationand the entities or situations evaluated. The units observed are discussedfrom three different perspectives: first, from a narrowly semantic point of view;second, with regard to their strategic role in fulfilling the texts’ genre-specificpurpose; and finally, with regard to their role in the evaluative coherence in thetexts, using both a focus-based and a relational approach to coherence.


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