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Functions of Cohesive Devices in Text Comprehension and Writing

Sunday Sule Emah | Clement Gowon Omachonu


Sunday Sule Emah | Clement Gowon Omachonu "Functions of Cohesive Devices in Text Comprehension and Writing" Published in International Journal of Trend in Scientific Research and Development (ijtsrd), ISSN: 2456-6470, Volume-3 | Issue-1, December 2018, pp.79-85, URL: https://www.ijtsrd.com/papers/ijtsrd18266.pdf

This paper discusses the functions of cohesive relations in text. Cohesion is the singular factor that enables spoken or written document to “stick together.” Therefore, we examined the concepts of co-referentiality (concept of text), text and the user, cohesion as a bond of text and the roles of transitional signals in text comprehension and in writing. The paper opines that sensitivity to cohesive relations that exist among the linguistic elements of any written text facilitates understanding of such texts. This is because readers are adequately kept on track when the writer posts notice of directions using transitional signals. The reader, as an active collaborator with the writer, is a major player in the literary game. Therefore, the text must cohesively hang together to enable him to “trust the text enough” so as to make sense of it. It also that inability to identify the functions of anaphoric and cataphoric ties in a text hinders adequate comprehension of it. Anaphoric tie points listeners or readers back to what has been said before, while cataphoric tie sensitizes them to on-coming information.

Cohesion, text, comprehension, writing

Volume-3 | Issue-1, December 2018
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