Textual Cohesion

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Text refers to any passage, spoken or written, of whatever length, that forms a unified whole (Koch 2001). Analysing text of any and is very useful in describing language functions and ascertaining the meaning embodied to it. Text possesses a texture, one in which it functions as a unity with respect to its environment (Koch 2001).


This paper aims to analyse how textual cohesion is achieved in the newspaper editorials from two national (English) newspapers, with reference to the use of cohesive ties.
Cohesion is an acceptable linkage of sentences through surface structure (White 2004). Texture or coherence binds sentences into texts. Cohesion is used in signaling the connectedness of sentences with explicit markers, such as conjunctions, verbal substitutions, and repeated vocabulary as well as arranging the text with an implicit connectedness of thought that can be followed even with the absence of explicit markers (White 2004). The concept of cohesion is a semantic one, which largely refers to the meaning that exists within the text, defining it as such (Koch 2001). Cohesion occurs in the fact that the interpretation of some elements in the discourse is dependent on that of another, implying textual relatedness (Koch 2001). It is hence important to mention that a text is best thought of as a unit of a different kind [a semantic unit] rather than as a grammatical unit. The kind of unity it has is a unity of meaning in context, a texture expressing the fact that it relates as a whole to the environment in which it is placed" (White 2004). ...
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