Narrative text type. Paola Catenaccio Lingua Inglese I (LIN) 2009-2010. Text linguistic practice. Consider the following two texts. No parking This is a school yard. Drivers should not park their vehicles here.
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Narrative text type
Lingua Inglese I (LIN)
Inversion: And then along comes Mary
Sentence type in which the logical subject appears in post-verbal position, while some other canonically post-verbal constituent appears in clause-initialposition. The fronting of a certain constituent (usually an adverbial/adjunct or complement) triggers subject-verb inversion.
A preferred option in fiction due to its presentative, topic- and setting introducing function.
Preposing (fronting): Mary her name was
Identify the information-packaging constructions in the following short texts and explain why the speaker/writer may have chosen these non-canonical constructions
It begins in the early 1800 hundreds, with an Englishman, William Colgate …
I first became interested in the study of aging, maturity and retirement more or less by accident. It was 1973, and I was 23, living and teaching at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. I was completing my doctorate and working on my first book, Bodymind. I was asked by Dr. Gay Luce, who was working on creating an innovative new human potential training program, if I’d be interested in partnering with her. I decided to move to Berkeley to join Dr. Luce in crafting this program. It was going to be a yearlong comprehensive holistic curriculum, very different from the weekend workshops and two-hour lectures that were becoming popular. Before it even got off the ground, it struck Gay that in our youth-focused culture, nobody was using any of these innovative therapeutic techniques with the elderly. She asked if I’d be open to joining her. As a young man in my early 20s, the idea of working with the elderly didn’t initially hold much charm for me. I liked being with people my own age and also doing programs for people in their 30s and 40s. I told Gay I would get the project started and then move on.