Iranian Journal of Language Studies-IJLS, Volume (2), No (4), Year (2008-9) , Pages (431-448)

Title : ( Schema-based textual analysis of domain-controlled authentic texts )

Authors: Ebrahim Khodadady ,

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This paper reports a textual analysis of 22 authentic and unmodified newspaper and magazine articles dealing with a current political issue within the period of nine months. The analysis was based on schema theory, which divides all the schemata, i.e., words comprising the articles, into three main categories: semantic, syntactic and parasyntactic. It was hypothesized that the very nature of semantic, syntactic and parasyntactic schemata would render the schemata different in terms of their occurrence within texts analyzed. Chi-square tests confirmed the hypothesis and showed that semantic, syntactic, and parasyntactic schemata differ from each other significantly not only in type (X2= 8371.993, df = 2, p < .0001), but also in their subcategorization (X2 = 5866.867, df = 12, p < .0001) and thus endow both schema types and their subsumptions with psychological reality. Further descriptive analyses indicated that semantic schemata make up 77% of the whole text whereas parasyntactic and syntactic schemata accounted for only 17% and 6%, respectively. The pedagogical implications of these findings within foreign language teaching and testing context are discussed.

Keywords

Schema Theory; Texts; Semantic Schemata; Syntactic Schemata; Parasyntactic Schemata;
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title = {Schema-based textual analysis of domain-controlled authentic texts},
journal = {Iranian Journal of Language Studies-IJLS},
year = {2008},
volume = {2},
number = {4},
month = {September},
issn = {1735-5184},
pages = {431--448},
numpages = {17},
keywords = {Schema Theory; Texts; Semantic Schemata; Syntactic Schemata; Parasyntactic Schemata; Subcategorization},
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