The paper first gives a brief overview of the history and theoretical status of
discourse analysis, or "text linguistics." The main body of the paper consists of a
detailed analysis of sentence connexion, i.e. the logical relationship between
sentences and larger chunks of text, performed on a newspaper leader article. The results
of this local analysis are then related to the global organisation of text structure with
components such as macro- and super-structure by way of interpreting them in terms of
the psycholinguistics of global text comprehension. The analysis is supplemented by
considerations of functional sentence perspective, topic...