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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Collaborating towards Coherence
Subtitle: Lexical cohesion in English discourse
Written By: Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 146

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.

Table of contents

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

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9027253897
ISBN-13: 9789027253897
Pages: 192
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