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Abstract

This article argues for a semantic theory of discourse structure, with a strong cross-linguistic focus. Its argument starts with analysis of two phenomena related to discourse and cognition : conjunction; and categorization. After this initial justification, claims are developed within a specific research model for discourse, but also drawing on the rich field of data available in intercultural environments. Specific results include the claim that 'Mediterranean' discourse-types differ from Anglo AND 'Oriental ' types in preferring a different form of 'framing' device for discourse, namely a particularizing rather than generalizing form. There is also discussion of the implications of the approach for linguistic methodology and cognitive theory.

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