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How to achieve and maintain coherence in spoken English



Year of publication 2007
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Acta Academica Karviniensia, Sborník vědeckých statí a článků OPF.
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords spoken English - coherence - cohesion - entire situational context - negotiation of meaning - flow of interaction - impromptu discourse - interactive discourse items - pragmatic function
Description While viewing coherence as a result of an ongoing process of negotiation of meaning between all participants in a spoken interaction, the author investigates some interactive discourse items and their role in achieving and maintaining coherence in spoken English. Any spoken text can be considered coherent if it is understood to be coherent by participants in the given communicative situation. The presence of cohesive means neither condition, nor guarantee text coherence. Nevertheless, the interactive D-items analysed enhance the achievement and maintenance of coherence owing to the pragmatic functions they perform in spoken discourse.

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