Above and Beyond the Sentence: Discourse, Text and Cohesion

Authored by: Mangat Rai Bhardwaj


Print publication date:  April  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138793859
eBook ISBN: 9781315760803
Adobe ISBN: 9781317643272


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As pointed out at the end of the last chapter, the sentence has traditionally been (implicitly or explicitly) regarded as the upper limit of grammatical analysis. But human languages developed to satisfy socio-cultural (and hence communicative) human needs, not to fit into grammarians’ frameworks. In real life, nobody utters isolated and unrelated sentences. Typically, sentences are a part of discourse and text. The terms “discourse” and “text” used here are for a linguistic or grammatical analysis, and not a philosophical analysis (especially of the type practised by some modern “Continental” philosophers).

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