Text linguistics and text revision: an alliance approach

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This chapter focuses on the usefulness of relating some of the principles concerning text and discourse linguistics (TDL) to the activity known as text revision (TR). Based on a harmonizing perspective, the article aims to show that these two fields do in fact have more in common than one would suppose at first. Following a theoretical contextualization, the paper presents some examples of empirical texts (advertisements, warnings), in order to reflect upon the relationship between the intended communicative purpose and the respective adequacy of the linguistic choices. This alliance approach is based on a top down perspective which considers the social context in question and moves on to the empirical text, until it finally reaches the analysis of the linguistic forms. This methodological path demonstrates that the sample texts do need to be revised, when taking into account the importance of evaluating their textual functioning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrammar and Text
Subtitle of host publicationSelected Papers from the 10th and 11th Fora for Linguistic Sharing
EditorsMaria Antónia Diniz Caetano Coutinho, Ana Guilherme, Joana Teixeira, Beatriz Carvalho
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)978-1-5275-0568-1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018


  • Linguistic analysis
  • Sociodiscursive interactionism
  • Text revision
  • Textual analysis


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