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Modes of Co-reference as an Indicator of Genre

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Wendy Swanson

Contents: Study of one aspect of text cohesion: co-reference – Definition of co-reference – Study of the modes of co-reference – Co-reference as a text-distinguishing language feature – Genre characteristics – Co-reference linked to language use – Language variation – Use of anaphora versus cataphora – Definition and identification of referent types – Systemic-functional linguistic approach as applied to co-reference – Influence of register variables (field, mode, and tenor) on co-reference – Quantitative and qualitative similarities and differences concerning use of co-reference in different text types.