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From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New Research on Interpretation
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figure 6.1. The source texts discourse map

The “abstract” of the text is a simple one and indicates what we perceive to be the presenter’s goal: to inspire the audience to believe her point that each person makes the difference for her- or himself. We began with this map because it provides a visual representation of the structural complexity of the source text. The external map reminds us that the goal of the presenter is inspirational rather than informational, that the topics are not presented in a chronological order, and that the presentation is formal and presented to what we perceived to be an adult audience. The internal map provides a visual representation of the major concepts and ideas that are presented.


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