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Title: How Do Texts Cohere? Theme Choice and Method of Development
Author: Mujib Rahman
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Institution: University Of Peshawar
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Abstract: When writing, a writer has to choose a certain type of theme from a network of themes in order to show his/her topical, interpersonal, textual, rhetorical or pragmatic concerns clause by clause. However, what gives coherence and cohesion to the text is the chaining of topical (experiential) themes, known as the method of development. Non-native writers are known to err sometimes when using topical themes, resulting in a disjointed paragraph, which may cause problems to the reader. By analysing two paragraphs from Pakistani published research articles, I try to show that this indeed is the case which is easily remediable by paying attention to the topic clause by clause.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Peshawar, Pakistan, XVIII/2:43-54 (2010)
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