The main concern of the book is discourse and more precisely its critical analysis. The aim of the analysis is to examine persuasive devices in the discourse of Barack Obama in the presidential campaign in the year 2008. To conduct the study the first two chapters of the book introduce some theoretical background related to discourse and persuasion. The third chapter is the study case where Obama’s discourse is analyzed.
This book sheds light on assessing written coherence of non-native English speaker writers and utilizing open-sourced in educational practice. The study presented in the book demonstrated the power of Centering Theory in assessing written coherence for non-native English speakers. When Centering Theory is extensively adopted in auto-summarizing and coherence research, it is less used for non-standard written English. The book proposes that the theory can be effectively used in detecting coherence breakdowns in Chinese English learners. Furthermore, from the book it is interesting to find that a complex semantic analysing tool can be built up with various open-sourced software tools. This makes it possible to deliver pedagogical applications at a more acceptable speed and cost.
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