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Cohesion and coherence in minute-by-minute sports reports

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Year of publication 2008
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description The presentation discusses the issues of cohesion and coherence in the two narrative layers of live text commentary on sports events, as covered in the texts of this novel genre in the onlive version of the Guardian newspaper. It is shown that coherence of the text of the commentary, though assisted by numerous cohesive devices, often depends on the readers’ correct placement of a text segment into the relevant narrative layer as well as identification of the interplay between the layers. Coherence, as the subjective phenomenon of ‘making sense’ of utterances, is shown to be linked to the construction of a shared context, contributing to the formation of an imaginary community of sports fans who discursively participate in the creation and the consumption of such minute-by-minute match reports.
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