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ERIC Number: ED188204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Global and Local Textuality.
Campbell, B. G.
Coherence and cohesion are fundamental considerations of the composing process that help to define the global and local components of texuality. Global text coherence centers on those aspects of the familiar rhetorical situation. Coherence operates at the paragraph and essay levels, answering questions about focus, tone, mode, topic, and thesis. Text cohesion reflects local textuality, and is created by ties and surface patterns. Operating at the sentence, clause, phrase, and word levels, cohesion reflects the grammar's potential for supplying usable utterances in discourse. Ties are horizontal-linear and include reference, substitution, ellipsis, conjunction, and lexis (semantic likeness or compatability). Surface patterns are evidences of text cohesion that are vertical-hierarchical and that achieve rhetorical ends by grammatical means. These patterns focus on the structuring and arrangement of language material and on how such structuring achieves the overall rhetorical purpose. The categories of cohesive surface patterns include hypotaxis (subordination), rhetorical structure, and punctuation (intonation). When all these elements of textuality are arranged in a classificatory diagram, they can be used by composition teachers to establish definitions of textuality so that problems arising at global and local levels may be dealt with systematically and understandably. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Text Coherence
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).