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Book: Rhetorical Structure Theory and Its Applications

Chapter: Challenges and Future Directions of Rhetorical Structure Theory

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41445


In Chapter 6, we first introduce the criticisms and challenges to RST, such as Cloran, Stuart-Smith and Young’s (2007) comparison of RST with other discourse analytical tools and their criticisms of RST. In addition, we point out some possibilities of RST research in the future by answering some questions such as (i) How to carry out reliable analysis based on RST? (ii) In which areas are applications of RST needed? (iii) What are the pedagogical implications of RST? (iv) What further works on systemicizing RST in SFL are needed (see Matthiessen, Wang & Ma forthcoming)?

Chapter Contributors

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