Collaborating towards Coherence

Lexical cohesion in English discourse

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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.

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 146]  2006.  ix, 192 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
1 Introduction: cohesion in discourse
1–14
2 Cohesion, coherence, collaboration
15–29
3 Building the method of analysis: lexical cohesion relations
31–71
4 Spoken and written discourse
73–89
5 The spoken dialogue: face-to-face conversation
91–113
6 The written dialogue: mailing-list language
115–132
7 The written monologue: academic writing
133–150
8 The spoken monologue: prepared speeches
151–162
9 Lexical cohesion across spoken and written discourse
163–174
References
175–187
Index
189–192
“This book is useful. The style of writing is remarkably clear, and technical terms are well-defined. The main contribution of the book is the reconstructed model of lexical cohesion relations. It offers an insightful way to analyze lexical cohesion, particularly collocations, which are perceived as a challenge to deal with. In addition, it sheds light on the characteristics of lexical cohesion in different text types from varied contextual features. With regard to its audience, this book may be of interest not only to experienced academics, but also to graduate and postgraduate students wishing to learn more about lexical cohesion analysis and a new model for such analysis.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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