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Martin Hajek

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1. intertextuality
= the "horizontal" relations between texts
What is a text?
- from the late 1960s onwards ‘text’ replaced (literary) ‘work’; in 80s ‘textuality’ emerged;
2. Transtextuality
The environment of a text which belongs to the same sign system.
cotext & context
Discourse = language in action.
written - spoken
1. the attribute of being a text does not inhere in any given object; textuality is assigned by the reader
2. a text is constructed by abstracting verbal content from its material embodiment
key features
cohesion (linguistic orderliness) & coherence (meaningfulness)
ex.: I have a brother. He lives in Canada.
I have a brother. Helena lives in Canada.
I have a brother. He is a body of saline water.
Bazerman: Almost every word and phrase we use we have heard or seen before.
a) The text may draw on prior texts as a source of meaning to be used at its face value.
The title of the article “the weak link” invokes the old saying that “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link.”
b) Text may explicitly use other statements as background, support, and contrast.
e.g. my own quotation of Bazerman's phrase ("Almost every word and phrase we use we have heard or seen before.")
c) Text may rely on beliefs, issues, ideas, statements generally circulated and likely familiar to the readers.
d) By using recognizable kinds of language, phrasing, and genres, a text ("intentionally") evokes particular social world.
"it is well known that," "most people believe that," "it is often thought that," "as you know"

"Ehyo, this rap is like ziti, facin' me real TV
Crash at high-speeds, strawberry, kiwi
As we approach, yo herb, the Gods bail
These Staten Island ferryboat cats bail
Fresh cellies, 50 thief up in the city
We banned for life, Apollo Kids live to spit the real"
e) Text relies on the available language of the period, and is part of the cultural world of the times.
“Thy name is more hateful than thy face.”
Textual relations
A text that forms a part of the complex mediation between text, author, publisher, and reader e.g. title, author's name, foreword, content, index, references, appendice...
A text drawing on another text without being its commentary. Most of texts are hypertexts is some way. Hypertext is a native text of WWW, which uses hyperlinks.
A commentary, i.e., critical relation of a text to another text (with or without direct citation).
'I have never read Parsons because his books are extremely boring.'
cotext (co-text)
The environment of a text which belongs to a different (or no) sign system.
assigned by reader !
Welcome back home :-)
A text is a specific and unique realization of discourse.
Texts are produced by discourse, not vice versa.
= the study of sign systems
a study of relations between signs and the things to which they refer
a study of relations among signs in formal structures
a study of signs and their effects on people who use them
A text consisting of elements of several sign systems.
0. Read
What is a Text? In S. Titscher (ed.). Methods of text and discourse analysis. 2000.
Intertextuality. In Ch. Bazerman. What Writing Does and How It Does It. 2004.

1. Go to http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ and choose any title page (today's or from archive).

a) Find various types of transtextual (paratext, hypertext, metatext), cotextual and contextual relations in the page. Mark them out.
b) Find examples of various forms of intertextuality in the page (see Bazerman). Mark them out.

3. Save, scan or take a high resolution picture of the page with your marks and upload it to Moodle. Due date: Wednesday 12:00 am.

3. In the class: explain what types or relations you found and how could be included into a sociologically informed text analysis.
, the people."
"All human beings
are born
free and equal in dignity and rights."
has the right
to life, liberty and security of person."
"No one
shall be subjected
to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
Forms of intertextuality:
Mr Fillon called the investigation "a political assassination" against him.
"This article argues that the original thrust of the moral economy concept has been understated and attempts to cast it in a new light by bringing class and capital back into the equation."
= the stratified relations between texts.
= the organisation of enunciations (statements) in a particular area of human activity (Foucault)
= a text in a context (van Dijk)
Ch. Peirce, F. de Saussure, R. Barthes, A. Greimas, U. Eco...
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