Collaborating Towards Coherence: Lexical Cohesion in English Discourse
John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 192 pages
This book approaches cohesion and coherence from a perspective of interaction and collaboration. After a detailed account of various models of cohesion and coherence, the book suggests that it is fruitful to regard cohesion as contributing to coherence, as a strategy used by communicators to help their fellow communicators create coherence from a text. Throughout the book, the context-sensitive and discourse-specific nature of cohesion is stressed: cohesive relations are created and interpreted in particular texts in particular contexts. By investigating the use of cohesion in four different types of discourse, the study shows that cohesion is not uniform across discourse types. The analysis reveals that written dialogue (computer-mediated discussions) and spoken monologue (prepared speech) make use of similar cohesive strategies as spoken dialogue (conversations): in these contexts the communicators' interaction with their fellow communicators leads to a similar outcome. The book suggests that this is an indication of the communicators' attempt to collaborate towards successful communication.
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academic writing accent Beaugrande Biber British National Corpus chains of cohesion chapter co-specification cognitive cohesion and coherence cohesive devices cohesive pairs cohesive profile cohesive relations cohesive units collaboration collocation pairs collocation relations communicative conditions computer-mediated communication consider context elaborative collocation electronic language example face-to-face conversations Halliday and Hasan Hoey Hoey’s includes instance lexical cohesion lexical items lexical relations lexical semantics lexical units lexis Linell Linguist list linguistic Mailing List mailing-list texts material meaning meronymy messages model of analysis Nazi number of cohesive number of pairs organisation perspective prepared speeches present study produced Received Pronunciation recognised referred reiteration and collocation reiteration pairs reiteration relations role of cohesion same-speaker semantic sentences simple repetition sociolinguistics speakers spoken and written spoken dialogue spoken monologue Standard English standardisation synonymy textual three-party conversations tion trigger two-party conversations University of Turku WMST words written discourse written language written monologue