Date: 14-Aug-2006 From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com> Subject: Collaborating towards Coherence: Tanskanen
Title: Collaborating towards Coherence
Subtitle: Lexical cohesion in English discourse
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 146
Publisher: John Benjamins
Author: Sanna-Kaisa Tanskanen, University of Turku
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253897 Pages: 192 Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027253897 Pages: 192 Price: Europe EURO 105.00
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
Acknowledgements 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