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Title: Cohesion: A Discourse Perspective
Written By: Thomas Christiansen
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 133

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?

Contents: The Concept of Cohesion - Cohesive Reference - Substitution as
grammatical anaphora - Ellipsis as a distinct form of grammatical anaphora
- Conjunction - The multifarious text-forming properties of lexis - Lexical
Patterns - The informative function of cohesion.

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.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034306195
Pages: 387
Prices: U.K. £ 54.00
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U.S. $ 92.95