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Book: Text Type and Texture

Chapter: Theme, Subject and the unfolding of text

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.29419


Thompson and Thompson approach the concept of Theme from a theoretical perspective, focusing especially on the criteria for the identification of Theme; and they explore aspects which remain controversial in this area, such as the inclusion of Subject as part of Theme following a marked Theme. Their arguments lead them to adopt a position which partly runs contrary to much current thinking on the analysis of marked Themes (see e.g. Martin and Rose 2003). The dynamic, exploratory and, at times, contentious discussion of Theme in these two chapters both reflects how far our understanding of this texturing resource has developed and contributes to the fruitful ongoing debate concerning the boundaries and interpretation of Theme.

Chapter Contributors

  • Geoff Thompson † ( - book-auth-26) 'University of Liverpool'
  • Susan Thompson ( - SusanThompson) 'University of Liverpool'