The study of text cohesion and coherence has been a topic of heated discussion in Linguistics since the 1990s. Western linguists have developed two major theoretical frameworks to describe the relationship between the two concepts: one posits that cohesive devices are important means to ensure cohesion; the other argues that coherence does not rely on cohesion. Yet neither has complete explanatory power over reality; nor can they solve real-life problems.
This title proposes a creative, concrete, and highly operational theoretical model that unites cohesion and coherence using authentic English or Chinese examples. The authors clarify the concepts of coherence and expand the scope of the research by focusing on a variety of internal and external factors, such as psycho-cognitive and socio-cultural factors. Moreover, the authors propose that the new theoretical paradigm can be applied to a range of other disciplines, including translation and foreign language teaching.
This title has been one of the most cited works on cohesion and coherence in China. Students and scholars of discourse analysis, linguistics, and language education will find this an invaluable reference.
Table of Contents
Part One: Theoretical Research.1. Text Coherence: Retrospect and Prospect. 2. Theoretical Research on the Concept of Coherence. Part Two: External Factors for Text Coherence. 3. Sociocultural Factors and Text Coherence. 4. Psycho-Cognitive Factors and Text Coherence. Part Three: Internal Conditions for Text Coherence: A Study of Cohesive Devices. 5. The Scope and Types of Text Cohesion. 6. Cohesive Relation and its Role in Text Coherence. 7. Cohesive Force and the Degree of Text Coherence. 8. Cohesive Principles and Language Communication. 9. The Macro Principles of Text Coherence. 10. Cohesion in Multimodal Text. Part Four: The Application of The Theory of Cohesion and Coherence. 11. The Theory of Text Coherence and Stylistics. 12. Text Coherence and Translation. 13. Textual Coherence and Foreign Language Teaching. 14. Application of the Theory of Cohesion and Coherence to Other Disciplines.
Zhang Delu is Professor of Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Tongji University, China. His research areas include systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis and multimodal discourse analysis. He has authored and co-authored 25 books.
Liu Rushan is Professor of Linguistics at the School of Foreign Languages, Ocean University of China. His research areas include sociolinguistics, second language acquisition and discourse analysis. He has published more than 30 papers in some key journals.