Thematic Patterns in The Economist Explains’ Articles

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Punwit Cherdchusak


This study examines thematic patterns in The Economist explains’ articles and aims to demonstrate how Theme (i.e., the point of departure of the message) and its patterns can facilitate reading comprehension. Ten most recent online articles from The Economist explains, a total of 47 paragraphs, comprise the data. Combining Halliday’s thematic approach (Halliday & Matthiessen, 2014) with Thompson’s approach (Thompson, 2014), the analysis reveals six different functions that the paragraphs of the articles perform. Each function expresses specific thematic patterns. The patterns capture the core information that is crucial to the understanding of the paragraphs’ contents. Thus, the patterns can help promote reading comprehension.


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Cherdchusak, P. . (2022). Thematic Patterns in The Economist Explains’ Articles. Language and Linguistics, 40(1), 195–223. Retrieved from
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