Volume 7, Issue 1, January 2019, Page: 42-49
Contextual Relevance: The Basic Condition for Textual Coherence
Li Chuntao, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Han Caiying, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Received: Nov. 4, 2018;       Accepted: Jan. 28, 2019;       Published: Feb. 22, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190701.16      View  32      Downloads  17
The present paper aims to reveal what the basic condition for textual coherence is. The research method is mainly comparison and theoretical argumentation. In the first part of the paper three major theories are compared and the contributions and limitations of each are pointed out. The current situation is that the research on textual theory still lays its emphasis on the aspect of linguistic forms; the interpretations for textual coherence in the aspect of language meaning and the recognition of the essence and the condition of textual coherence are not yet deep nor comprehensive enough. Then in part two the authors reveal the different knowledge or enlightenments by the three theories about what textual coherence is, and argue that semantic relevance is the essence of textual coherence. In fact the production and understanding of language cannot be free from context. Context constrains the generation of coherent texts and the cognition of the coherence of the text. So part three of the paper elaborates the constraining effect of various contexts on the relevance of the meaning of the various linguistic items within the text. In the end the paper draws the conclusion that contextual relevance is the basic condition for textual coherence, that is to say, only relevant contexts can bring a smooth, logically coherent text.
Text, Coherence, Semantic Relevance, Contextual Relevance, Basic Condition
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Li Chuntao, Han Caiying, Contextual Relevance: The Basic Condition for Textual Coherence, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 1, 2019, pp. 42-49. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190701.16
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