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Cause Analysis of Language Function of Implicit Coherence in English Discourse

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DOI: 10.25236/ssah.2018.173


Zhanyi He

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Zhanyi He


Discourse cohesion and coherence is an important research field in contemporary text linguistics. Halliday and Hasan (1976) described common cohesive devices in English, such as substitution, repetition, ellipsis, etc. Later, many scholars put forward some new cohesive devices, such as implicit cohesion, register theory, etc. Based on recessivation of connectives in discourse, this paper explores the cause of implicit coherence in discourse from the perspectives of punctuations, pragmatic principles and cognition to provide references for further research in related field.


Implicit coherence, Cause, Substitution, The Principle of Least Effort.