Discourse Unit ( Concept )
http://purl.org/linguistics/gold/DiscourseUnit


Thing
      |_ Abstract
            |_ Linguistic Unit
                  |_ Discourse Unit


Definition:

Discourse is the name given to stretches of language longer than one sentence, e.g., conversations, narratives, arguments, and speeches. A discourse unit is an identifiable structure within a discourse. The form of a discourse unit is partly determined by genre and partly by its social context. [Aristar-Dry 2010 (p.c.); based on Mills 1997]


Usage Notes

Examples

PropertiesValuesDefinition
acoustic Realization Spoken Linguistic Expression     The relation between some linguistic unit and its corresponding spoken expression.
constituents Thing     The relation holding between a linguistic unit and a list (rdf:Seq) of its constituents.
has Constituent Linguistic Unit     The relation hasConstituent is an abstract partial ordering relation that expresses dominance between two linguistic units. This relation is meant to cover all possible types of linguistic constituency: phonological, morphological, syntactic, etc. constituency.
in Language Human Language Variety     The relation that holds between a LinguisticSign and a Language. The sign is said to be a member or part of that language.
ordering Relation Linguistic Unit     Any relation that establishes a linear ordering of linguistic units.
realization Linguistic Expression     The relation holding between a linguistic unit and its physical form, either a spoken, written or signed expression.
signed Realization Signed Linguistic Expression     The relation between some linguistic unit and its corresponding signed expression.
string Rep string    
written Realization Written Linguistic Expression     The relation between some linguistic unit and its corresponding written expression.

User Submitted Issues
Status: Pending Subcategorization of DiscourseUnit missing
2010-06-16 12:10:12

As the sister nodes of DiscourseUnit (FormUnit, GrammarUnit, SemanticUnit) all have child nodes with subtypes, it would make sense to have subtypes for DiscourseUnit as well, e.g. 'Narrative Unit' (e.g., Abstract, Coda, etc.), 'Conversational Unit' (e.g., turn, opening, closing, etc.).