ERIC Number: ED296574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
Structure, Coherence, and Cohesion in Non-Academic Writing.
Ording, Virginia A.
A consulting physician's report on the physiological, social, and psychiatric states of an alcoholic patient, written for the attending physician and other interested parties, is analyzed for coherence. The need for coherence in the presentation of the complex interrelationships in the patient's social context is the primary focus of the analysis. It is proposed that a sound theoretical framework for textual coherence should account for three aspects of workplace writing: interrelations, real-world referents, and global structure. Theory on the structure of coherence is applied to the text, analyzed by discourse units. It is concluded that this form of analysis reveals important textual interrelations among key terms and passages. Similar analysis of other forms of workplace writing, including legal and sales prose, credit and collection prose, and advertising, is recommended. It is also suggested that coherence, as a truly rhetorical structure, is not being taught adequately in advanced undergraduate disciplinary writing courses. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).