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Coherence in Spontaneous Text

Gernsbacher, Morton Ann and T. Givon (Eds0

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ISBN 10: 1556196377 / ISBN 13: 9781556196379
Published by John Benjamins Publishing Co, 1995
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Name and date on front free endpaper, lightly crimped corner, otherwise text clean and solid; no dust jacket ; Typological Studies in Language; Vol. 31; 0.75 x 9 x 6.5 Inches; 267 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 158724

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Title: Coherence in Spontaneous Text

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Co

Publication Date: 1995

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket As Issued

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The main theme running through this volume is that coherence is a mental phenomenon rather than a property of the spoken or written text, or of the social situation. Coherence emerges during speech production-and-comprehension, allowing the speech receiver to form roughly the same episodic representation as the speech producer had in mind. In producing and comprehending a text, be it spoken or written, the interlocutors collaborate towards coherence. They negotiate for a common ground of shared topicality, reference and thematic structure — thus toward a similar mental representation of the text. In conversation, the negotiation takes place between the present participants. In writing or oral narrative, the negotiation takes place in the mind of the text producer, between the text producer and his/her mental representation of the mind of the absent or inactive interlocutor. The cognitive mechanisms that underlie face-to-face communication thus continue to shape text production and comprehension in non-interactive contexts. Most of the papers in this volume were originally presented at the Symposium on Coherence in Spontaneous Text, held at the University of Oregon in the spring of 1992.

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