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Book: Rhetorical Structure Theory and Its Applications

Chapter: The Classical Rhetorical Structure Theory

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41441


From Chapter 2 to Chapter 3, we examine the development of the theory through two main phases, i.e. the classical RST developed in the 1980s and Matthiessen’s (forthcoming) Rhetorical System and Structure Theory. In Chapter 2, we discuss the historical background of the classical RST, provide an overview of the rhetorical-relational resources, introduce the key concepts of classical RST such as nucleus and satellite, and illustrate how analysis can be carried out with the help of classical RST (see Mann 2002a, 2002b, 2003; Taboada 2001, 2004 for Mann and Taboada’s extension of classical RST; see Taboada & Mann 2006a, 2006b for reports on the developments and applications of classical RST).

Chapter Contributors

  • Bo Wang ( - bowang) 'Sun Yat-sen University, China'
  • Yuanyi Ma ( - myuanyi) 'Guangdong Polytechnic of Science and Technology'