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Scientific discourse relations

 Whereas organisational relations are concerned with the organisational structure of the modular article, scientific discourse relations4.32 deal with the content of the modules. The relata of scientific discourse relations can be entire modules, but usually they are specific segments of modules (e.g. speech acts , figures, tables or formulae). The relata can also be the underlying information units, or the entities that are referred to.

The different types of relations distinguished in this category are summarised in figure 4.12 and specified in the following. In appendix A, rules will be given for the representation of the different types of scientific discourse relations in links.

The modular model takes into account two basic kinds of scientific discourse relations. The first is directly concerned with the communication of the scientific information.  These relations are based on the communicative function of one relatum with respect to the other.  The second type of discourse relations consists of content relations between the relata.4.33