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Book: Rhetorical Structure Theory and Its Applications

Chapter: Mapping Registers with Rhetorical Structure Theory

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41443


Chapter 4 associates the use of RST with texts of different registers (cf. Matthiessen & Teruya 2015). We will categorize texts of different registers according to Matthiessen’s (e.g. Matthiessen 2014, 2015a, 2015b; Matthiessen & Teruya 2016) categorization of register in terms of the eight fields of activity and their subtypes. In this way, we approach register from above in terms of stratification from the three parameters of field, tenor and mode. Then, we analyse representative texts selected in accordance with the different registers and point out the choices of rhetorical structures and their lexicogrammatical realisations.

Chapter Contributors

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