ERIC Number: ED236566
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Cohesion: Problems With Talking about Text: A Brief Commentary. Technical Report No. 298.
Mosenthal, James H.; Tierney, Robert J.
Text analysis systems, imposing coherence measures derived from the reader's and writer's notions of how a text functions in communication, produce descriptions of texture, or the totality of cohesive ties in a text. The question is if cohesion analysis, more than offering a linguistic description of text, can serve as a psychological model of comprehension complete with predictive power. The temptation exists to use the linguistic description as a text analytic device that partials out the cohesive aspect of the text thought to be causally related to the text's coherence. This concept, however, can lead a researcher to several false hypotheses, often because the cohesive tie, in and of itself, may or may not be explicit. Findings from several studies indicate that the cohesion concept does not produce an adequate description of a text's unity. Attempts to maintain objectivity by measuring textual surface features appear to describe effects rather than causes of textual coherence. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading.; Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.