Article published in:The Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence: Theories and applications
Edited by Helmut Gruber and Gisela Redeker
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 254] 2014
► pp. 243–266
(Non-)signalling of coherence structures in English learner writing
This study explores different realisations of discourse relations in a corpus of English learner writing. A sample of 30 essays produced by upper intermediate learners of English (mean age: 23) is subjected to a multi-method analysis incorporating (1) global coherence ratings, (2) rhetorical structure analysis (RST), and (3) features at the linguistic surface level. The focus is on explicit signalling vs. implicitness of discourse relations in essays rated high vs. low in coherence. The results show differences in the type of connectives used in highrated vs. low-rated texts as well as in the use of connectives to signal relations at higher and lower levels of the discourse structure.
Published online: 26 November 2014
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