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Cohesion: A Discourse Perspective

by Thomas Christiansen (Author)
©2011 Monographs 387 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 133

Summary

This book represents a fresh look at cohesion, the point of departure being Halliday and Hasan’s seminal Cohesion in English, which is examined in depth as are other notable approaches to cohesion such as Hoey’s Patterns of Lexis in Text. It also compares different studies of relevance to cohesion from other areas of linguistics, such as: generative grammar, Functional Sentence Perspective (FSP), and corpus linguistics. In this way, this work extends discussion of cohesion beyond the realms of systemic linguistics to include a broader spectrum of approaches including research into languages other than English. The main focus, however, is on varieties of English and on general and specialised discourse types.
Rather than limiting itself to the text as product, the manifestation of a discourse, this book looks at cohesion from the wider perspective of discourse, seen as an interactive process. Consequently, different sociolinguistic and cultural factors are also taken into consideration: How far is cohesion a constitutive feature of text? What is the precise link between cohesion and coherence? What specific role does discourse have in phenomena such as anaphora? Do such things as cohesive universals exist across languages? How far do socio-cultural, or discourse-specific, conventions contribute to the type and degree of cohesion present in a text?

Details

Pages
387
Year
2011
ISBN (PDF)
9783035102345
ISBN (Softcover)
9783034306195
DOI
10.3726/978-3-0351-0234-5
Language
English
Publication date
2011 (August)
Keywords
Textual Linguistics Discourse analysis The Concept of Cohesion
Published
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 387 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Thomas Christiansen (Author)

Thomas Christiansen has published books and a number of articles on various areas of linguistics including systemic linguistics and functional grammar, varieties of English, teaching English, language testing, and analysis of different corpora, including spoken discourse. Since 2006, he has been a full-time researcher in English language and linguistics at the Università del Salento.

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