The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence

Theories and applications

ORCID logoHelmut Gruber | University of Vienna
Gisela Redeker | University of Groningen
ISBN 9789027256591 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027269232 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Over the past four decades, discourse coherence has been studied from linguistic, psycholinguistic, computational, and applied perspectives. This volume identifies current issues and under-researched topics in the pragmatics of discourse coherence. Nine studies from various disciplines address the realization and signalling of coherence relations in various genres and languages, their acquisition and use by first- and second-language learners and university students, the relationship between coherence relations and genre-specific discourse structure, and extensions of the coherence paradigm to multimodal discourse and visual art. This collection will be of interest to researchers from linguistics, applied linguistics, psychology, communication, and multimodal semiotics.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 254] 2014.  vii, 295 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This well-organized volume has both theoretical significance and application value. It presents a multifaceted picture of the pragmatics of discourse coherence through the nine chapters from various disciplines, which address coherence relations, discourse structure, cohesion, genre and multimodality from different theoretical angles, but which are also neatly fitted together like a completed jigsaw puzzle.”
“Among the many strengths of the volume are the specific attention devoted to multimodality, traditionally disregarded in linguistic works on coherence, the significant effort in integrating Rhetorical Structure Theory with theories and tools drawn from other approaches, as well as the contributors’ modelling of analytical frames, which lend themselves to be applied to further work. [...] I believe the volume constitutes an extremely useful and rich contribution on discourse coherence.”
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Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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