text (lat. textus: Fabric, text) marks strictly speaking a coherent range of written language, in the broader sense also the not written, but writable language information (for example a song, film or an improvised theatre performance).

Text can simplyor complex structured its. Unstructured text is often more difficult to understand than more structured. With the text co-operation beyond sentence boundaries coherence ( formal co-operation) and coherency are concerned (on knowledge being based contentwise co-operation).

Text needs a writing, of them for its representationIndication of phonemes, syllables or words and/or. Terms code. In the western culture area on latin alphabet which are based alphabets are usually used for the representation by text, in Eastern Europe often the cyrillic alphabet, in the front Orient the Arab. East Asian languagesuse complex characters, in order to represent text.

The text backtransformed into language does not have to result in a sense. There are quite texts, which consist reduced sound painting, which generally speaking nevertheless of connectionless words or sounds, partially up to bare noises,although multilayered interpretably, a sense devoted (e.g. see.Dadaismus).

A possibility was created by the introduction of the written language, texts, to be archived as for example historiography , narrations and legends for future generations . A large part of our knowledgeover past epochs comes from written recordings, which were archived or keeping coincidental remained.

The Egyptian advanced culture developed already scarcely 2000 years before our time calculation a writing, the hieroglyphics in such a way specified, those first as picture writing developed oneself andto a Silbenschrift developed. All wide-spread today's alphabet writings, with exception of the Korean, descend probably from same phönizischen writing, or at least by writings phönizischer descent were inspired created. The only larger still existing writing tradition nichtphönizischer originis the Chinese.

Today text is coded often electronically and stored.

Text can be translated into different languages. Contents remain essentially. Language sound and different cultural characteristics are changed in the case of the translation.

Written text is often copyrightprotected. The form is protected by copyright, not contents of the text.

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definition from linguistic view

a text is in itself a closed, topic tablesand linguistic unit, which is characterized by different characteristics of the Textualität. Thus a text depth structure becomes recognizable, which suggests topic tables a kommunikative situation, a development and a communication intention.

The linguistic investigation of texts is text linguistics.

In that Discourse theory is text the product of the language activity and has social functions like those that (formulated very general) humans out-formulate a thought linguistic, so that they can be rezipiert by others (or also of itself ). The term text is therefore out the term text (topic tables) an uniformity very inaccurately, there to discourse-analytic perspective subordinates. In the reality and/or. in the Konkretation are thematically homogeneous texts only in the exception. Siegfried hunter introduces therefore for further differentiation the term of the discourse fragment .


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