Tekstlingvistik - En undersøgelse af sproglige og pragmatiske problemer i sundhedformidlende tekster

Amanda Anne Juhl, Lisbeth Køppen Andersen, Anne Cathrine Jochumsen, Louise Meldgaard Johansen & Maria Christina Jensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project was prompted by a curiosity concerning why texts can sometimes be difficult to understand. There seems to be a tendency to simplify texts. This tendency has to do with simplifying the language. By using a readability index (lix in Danish) you can determine whether or not a text is difficult to read. The question is whether or not short words and short sentences is enough to make a text easy to read. The intention with using the readability index is to make sure that the message is delivered clearly and without any misconceptions. We believe that this tendency towards language simplification may have an influence on other linguistic issues which would otherwise make a text coherent. Therefore we find it interesting to examine the linguistic and pragmatic issues that may occur in the communication of selected texts, and the impact these issues can have on the text as a whole. To examine the linguistic and pragmatic issues we have chosen three health science texts from different sites on the internet as our empirical data. In the analysis we will study which criteria for a successful text these three different texts fulfil. This will be determined by using Ole Togeby’s PRAXT-model. Furthermore we will look at which cohesive problems there can be located in the three texts. Lastly there will be an analysis of both argumentation and speech acts. After analysing the three texts we will compare them, in order to be able to examine the linguistic issues that they have in common and determine the impact these issues have on the texts. Based on our analysis we have reached the conclusion that many of the issues found in the texts are some that they have in common. None of the texts fulfils Ole Togeby’s criteria for a successful text, and they all have cohesive problems. Our project shows that it might be beneficial to focus more on cohesion in the production of texts.

UddannelserDansk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato7 dec. 2012
VejledereLars Heltoft


  • sundhedsfaglige tekster
  • Tekstlingvistik
  • kohæsion