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Looking at discourse in a corpus: The role of lexical cohesion [article]

Tony Berber Sardinha
2000 arXiv   pre-print
Segmentation refers to the principled division of texts into contiguous constituents. Other studies have looked at the application of a number of models to the analysis of discourse by computer.  ...  This paper is aimed at reporting on the development and application of a computer model for discourse analysis through segmentation.  ...  Conclusion The present investigation contributes to current research on lexical cohesion by stressing the role of this type of cohesion as a means of creating topic divisions in texts.  ... 
arXiv:cs/0004016v1 fatcat:2dim6ngffzesnlhd4d4sxqpyxu

The Role of Lexical Cohesion in Writing Quality

2014 International Journal of Applied Linguistics and English Literature  
This study uses a model of lexical cohesion proposed by Witte and Faigley (1981) which itself is based on the taxonomies of cohesive ties presented by Halliday and Hasan (1976) .  ...  The corpus includes five argumentative essays written by students in the field of English language literature.  ...  A final note regarding the role of lexical cohesion in writing quality is that the use of lexical cohesion is important, but the items need to be distributed to include all different kinds of lexical ties  ... 
doi:10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.4n.1p.261 fatcat:hs45prwr7ndodb5vyyv4tfid5i

RST Signalling Corpus: a corpus of signals of coherence relations

Debopam Das, Maite Taboada
2017 Language Resources and Evaluation  
The corpus includes annotation not only for discourse markers which are considered to be the most typical (or sometimes the only type of) signals in discourse, but also for a wide array of other signals  ...  We present the RST Signalling Corpus (Das et al., 2015) , a corpus annotated for signals of coherence relations.  ...  Sadly, he passed away on March 14, 2014, only a few months before the completion of the final version of the RST Signalling Corpus.  ... 
doi:10.1007/s10579-017-9383-x fatcat:74bu3ac2vzgvfbjyjgdg3dsfb4

Noun Phrase Cohesion in English Discourse: a Corpus-based Analysis of Patterns and Influences

Clarence Green
2012 International Journal of English Linguistics  
This study investigated the patterns of noun phrase cohesion in English discourse, with a specific interest in the role of the different clause types.  ...  This indicated that at the local inter-clausal level noun phrase cohesion and the level of grammatical integration of a combined clause existed in somewhat complementary distribution.  ...  A Final Look at Clause Patterns and Noun Phrase Cohesion in Discourse Frequency counts revealed a near lockstep decline existed in English discourse between the number of cohesive NPs and the clausal distance  ... 
doi:10.5539/ijel.v2n4p44 fatcat:f776lkbrkveehdevoqkv3eh4si

Lexical cohesion revisited. A combined corpus and systemic-functional analysis

María de los Ángeles Gómez González
2018 Quaderns de Filologia: Estudis Lingüístics  
In this article I argue for a refinement of the classic SFL approach to lexical cohesion. First, a literature overview is provided in which key principles and related categories are examined.  ...  In addition, the connection of cohesion and discourse coherence is addressed and an overview is provided of the wide range of applications that the former has in such fields as genre studies, language  ...  Acknowledgements This investigation was financed by the Xunta de Galicia (GRC2015/002 GI-1924; ED431D 2017/17). I am grateful to Teresa Lorenzo for her assistance in compiling the data; C. S.  ... 
doi:10.7203/qf.23.13523 fatcat:khcfjcyhh5gfbg2oouqkxq2yhm

A Learner Corpus of High-Stakes Placement Test Essays of Chinese Second Language Students Through a Corpus Analysis

Eunjeong Park
2018 Education and Linguistics Research  
This study revealed L2 students need to be aware of the use of discourse-organizing bundles for cohesion/logic in academic writing and implied the value of L2 students' lexico-grammatical use as a resource  ...  The results show the most frequent use of prepositional phrasal lexical bundles, less frequent use of discourse-organizing bundles, and frequent use of 'I' in stance bundles.  ...  However, we argue that we should value and look at their product as a resource and investment.  ... 
doi:10.5296/elr.v4i2.13563 fatcat:jbpoitv6m5hcpeqhknwe6ggfpi

Corpus-based approaches and discourse analysis in relation to reduplication and repetition

Shih-ping Wang
2005 Journal of Pragmatics  
Reduplication is important in language studies. Its linguistic form at the lexical level has long been explored in terms of various formalist theories.  ...  A reduplication corpus (ongoing compilation; 1687 items in total thus far) has been constructed as the baseline for an integrated approach to the interplay of various kinds of repetition in the use of  ...  This research is supported in part by a grant, NSC 90-2411-H-130-008, from the National Science Council.  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.pragma.2004.08.002 fatcat:lzdsxhsn75fl3jbo42pkb2z6be

The development of cohesion in a learner corpus

Colleen A. Neary-Sundquist
2013 Studies in Second Language Learning and Teaching  
This study examines the use of cohesive devices (pragmatic markers and conjunctions) in a 24,000-word corpus of transcribed oral data from 47 learners and native speakers of English.  ...  Both of these cohesive devices increase with proficiency level, but not in the same way.  ...  In order to examine the use of cohesive devices, this study utilizes a corpus of transcribed speech.  ... 
doi:10.14746/ssllt.2013.3.1.6 fatcat:s6rnadggk5c75fuhu76gibycea

Single language corpus, multilingual background

Geoffrey Williams, Claude Sionis, Paul Boucher
2002 ASp  
This paper does not seek to answer precise questions as to NSE and NNSE usage, but rather to outline a data-driven approach to corpus analysis of genre-specific discourse.  ...  It starts out by demonstrating the danger of hasty judgements as to NSE and NNSE status in Single language corpus, multilingual background ASp, 37-38 | 2002 INDEX  ...  Rather than taking the corpus as a whole, we are looking at two subsets that cut across disciplinary boundaries: the proceedings of a conference on parasitic plant biology held in Cordoba in 1996 and the  ... 
doi:10.4000/asp.1479 fatcat:mcfd3fpnjrfwzonb4oq2mffw2a

Analysing corpus-based criterial conjunctions for automatic proficiency classification

Ángeles Zarco-Tejada, Carmen Noya Gallardo, Mª Carmen Merino Ferradá, Isabel Calderón López
2016 Journal of English Studies  
But proficiency levels are distinguished by many different linguistic features among which the use of cohesive devices can be a criterial element for level distinctions, either in the number of conjunctions  ...  We have carried such an analysis with a subgroup of the CLEC (CEFR-levelled English Corpus) using Coh-Metrix, a tool for computing computational cohesion and coherence metrics for written and spoken texts  ...  DESCRIPTION OF THE CORPUS We have used the written sub-set of the CLEC corpus (CEFR-levelled English Corpus) (for a description of the corpus see Zarco-Tejada et al. 2015b), a corpus developed at the University  ... 
doi:10.18172/jes.3090 fatcat:ktsm6norhzdzpi2bejk2ops2ma

The notion of sentence and other discourse units in corpus annotation [chapter]

Paola Pietrandrea, Sylvain Kahane, Anne Lacheret-Dujour, Frédéric Sabio
2014 Studies in Corpus Linguistics  
the mechanisms of prosodic and syntactic cohesion we identi ed in our corpus.  ...  In other words, we might say that what is commonly called a sentence can be regarded as but a particular case of an extended discourse unit whose cohesion is guaranteed at the same time by prosody, microsyntax  ...  and end of an embedded IU # Indicates a discontinuity in a governed unit & Indicates an un lled governed position e symbols used in the macrosyntactic annotation.  ... 
doi:10.1075/scl.61.12pie fatcat:xw2rqepogjfk7kyrgtsrioubzq

Issues in corpus-informed research and learning in ESP [chapter]

Alex Boulton, Shirley Carter-Thomas, Elizabeth Rowley-Jolivet
2012 Studies in Corpus Linguistics  
functions, but the lexical and phraseological choices are remarkably consistent within sections, a finding which would go largely unnoticed by looking only at the corpus as a whole.  ...  The first chapter sets the scene for a comparative approach, looking at the use of first person pronouns in comparable corpora of introductions to economics research articles (RAs) in French and English  ... 
doi:10.1075/scl.52.01bou fatcat:mxvj3vbzhreivbixfrpf6qwlvy

Investigating predatory publishing in political science: a corpus linguistics approach

Ying Wang, Josep Soler
2021 Applied Corpus Linguistics  
This article explores the application of corpus linguistics methods in dealing with an underexplored area concerning predatory publishing, with a focus on lexical bundles and formulaicity.  ...  The results show that writers publishing in the top-ranking journal use a more limited range of lexical bundles with a higher frequency, giving further evidence for the highly formulaic nature of the genre  ...  important to, one of the, if you look at ) ( Biber et al. 1999 ).  ... 
doi:10.1016/j.acorp.2021.100001 fatcat:s5ukhp3i5jaf5khnlqsiehjjhq

A fewFrequently Asked Questionsabout semantic — orevaluative— prosody

John Morley, Alan Partington
2009 International Journal of Corpus Linguistics  
In this paper we attempt to address and assess, in the light of current thinking in the field of lexical grammar, some of the main issues which have been raised.  ...  To say that there has been a certain amount of confusion and debate over the nature and function of the notion of semantic prosody would be an understatement.  ...  harmony, plays a vital role in keeping the discourse together, in its cohesion.  ... 
doi:10.1075/ijcl.14.2.01mor fatcat:4bgjx744pjcvhbuqpl23lo2oly

Multi-dimensional register classification using bigrams

Scott Crossley, Max M. Louwerse
2007 International Journal of Corpus Linguistics  
A corpus linguistic analysis investigated register classification using frequency of bigrams in nine spoken and two written corpora.  ...  Both analyses demonstrate the strength of bigrams for classifying spoken and written registers, especially in locating distinct collocations among spoken corpora, as well as revealing syntactic and discourse  ...  Early studies on specialized languages centered on the role of registers following Firth's (1957) concept of lexical collocation.  ... 
doi:10.1075/ijcl.12.4.02cro fatcat:6hahyqzmofbo3gsgyvyysol2uq
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