Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 25 August 2019

Abstract and Keywords

The alliance between cognitive linguistics and the study of discourse has become stronger in the recent past. On the one hand, cognitive linguistics focuses on language as an instrument for organizing, processing, and conveying information; on the other, language users communicate through discourse rather than through isolated sentences. This article presents an overview of current research in the field of discourse and text structure, focusing on issues of referential and relational coherence. First, it assumes that the grounding of language in discourse is central to any functional account of language. It then argues that the connectedness of discourse is a mental phenomenon. It views discourse as one that revolves around two central notions: “mental representation” and “overt linguistic signals.” The remainder of this article discusses two types of coherence and their textual signals: referential coherence and relational coherence. The signals to be considered are connectives and lexical cue phrases.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics, discourse, language, mental representation, linguistic signals, referential coherence, relational coherence, connectives, lexical cue phrases, text structure

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.