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International Journal of New Developments in Education, 2020, 2(9); doi: 10.25236/IJNDE.2020.020904.

Grammatical Cohesive Devices in English


Ning Fang

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Ning Fang

Shandong Institute of Commerce and Technology, Shandong, 250103, China


Cohesion, one of the most important elements in constituting texture, occupies a significant position in text analysis. Consequently, an analysis of cohesion is of great significance for a thorough and correct understanding of a text. Halliday and Hansan outline a model of cohesion, in which reference, substitution, and ellipsis, conjunction are placed under the category of the grammatical cohesion. This thesis will analyze grammatical cohesive devices. First of all, it will have a brief introduction of text linguistics. Then it will illustrate some basic concepts in discourse analysis: text, discourse, texture, coherence, cohesion. And then, it will explore grammatical cohesive devices: reference, substitution, ellipsis, and conjunction, and their definitions, classifications and functional realization.


Cohesion, Reference, Substitution, Ellipsis, Conjunction

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Ning Fang. Grammatical Cohesive Devices in English. International Journal of New Developments in Education (2020) Vol. 2 Issue 9: 23-37. https://doi.org/10.25236/IJNDE.2020.020904.


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