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    Unit 16 Cohesion in English Discourse

Check Your Understanding

    1. T

    2. Acceptable.

    3. W Ive checked all the files. None was missing.

    4. F

    5. R

In-Class Activities

    1. (1) No. The referents of these two noun phrases are both outside of this mini-text; as a matter of

    fact, the referents of the land and the environment are part of our shared knowledge. (2) The pronoun they refers to the U. S. Olympic Team in the following sentence. (3) The first cohesive tie is built lexically between the specific word (natural) gas and the

    general(or superordinate) word energy; the second cohesive tie is built grammatically by

    using the possessive pronoun theirs to refer to the four children holding placards in the

    picture, who are the representatives of our next or future generations; the third cohesive tie

    is built grammatically between the word energy and the pronoun it on the placard held

    by the second child, thus the referent of it being “energy”.

    2. (1) & (2) Logical cohesive tie: However (, one day); But (will they make them better)

    Reference-based cohesive tie: Is a computer clever than I am?”—this (question);

    computersthey, their; “However, at doing their jobs”— this; computersthey; us,

    ourwe, ourweour; our livesthem;

     Lexical cohesive tie:

    (a) repetition: computer computers computerscomputers; (your) brain (a human)

    brain; (their) jobs (our) jobs; (our) lives (our) lives;

    (b) superordinate- hyponym: human doctors, judges, teachers

    (c) a generic concept its specific elaborations: questions What will happen?,

    How will we?, Will we have?, But will they?

    (d) words belonging to the same semantic field: cleverunderstand, create;


    (3) The first this is used as a determiner, while the second is used as a pronoun. But in terms

    of cohesion, they are both used anaphorically, i.e. referring back to the preceding part of the


    (4) The sentence “If this is true, it raises interesting questions” makes a pivotal transition from

    the discussion about the capacity of computers to the discussion about the consequences that

    the use of computers will have for our lives.

3. (1) Reference-based cohesive tie: my vacation it it; II I II

     Words belonging to the same semantic field: vacation three weeks trip Hawaii

    mountainsworked hard all yearbreak

    (2) Although there are various cohesive ties running through the short passage, the passage

    seems to lack texture; it is disjointed and awkward to some extent.

    (3) The tenses of the predicate verbs of some sentences have been changed. The change of the

    past tenses to the present tenses makes the passage stick to the same perspective for looking

    at things, which enhances the coherence of the passage. The passage can be further

    improved by replacing the future tense with the simple present:

     I dont know what to do for my vacation. It starts in three weeks. I have saved enough money

    for a really nice trip. I have already been to Hawaii. It is too early to go to the mountains. I

    have worked hard all year. I really need a break.

4. (1) a. 大狮子大狮子大狮子; 小狮子最小的; 小狮子它们; 有的有的; 头上、背

     脚下或怀里; ;

    b. big lion the big one its its; smaller ones the smallest; smaller ones them;

    some some; head or back feet or embrace; stand nestle

    (2) The Chinese version depends heavily on the lexical repetition, while the cohesive ties in the

    English version are more diversified: it uses the devices such as references, substitution and

    lexical association.

5. (1) A. The same is used to substitute for a large chocolate milkshake, while one is used to

    substitute for chocolate milkshake”. Both of them are nominal substitutions.

     B. The first do is used to substitute for write that report, hence a verbal substitution; the

    second do is used only to substitute for the verb write, but it is also verbal


     C. So is used to substitute for It may snow and not is used to substitute for it cannot

    snow, thus both of them being clausal substitutions.

    (2) Reference: I meme; Antonyms: large small;

Post-Class Tasks

    1. Presupposing element Presupposed element Class

    there a pamphlet on Japanese art reference

    he an animal painter reference

    the (temple) a temple reference

    the early morning after dark reference

    painted horses horses he had painted upon a temple wall reference

    the dew-covered fields the neighbors fields of rice reference

    now the early morning reference

    trembling had slipped and trampled tense-aspect

    2. My sister has never wanted to go to college. When she was in high school, she was always a good student. Thus, her grades weren‟t the reason. When all her friends were applying for

    college admission, my sister went job-hunting. She did so well that she had many offers. She accepted one of them and has been happy ever since. You know, she may never go to college, and I guess thats OK.

3. a. My father was a close friend of Albert Einstein. As a shy young visitor to Einsteins home, I

was made to feel at ease when Einstein said, I have something to show you. He went to his

    desk and returned with a Yo-Yo. He tried to show me how the toy worked but he couldnt make

    it roll back up the string.

    b. The witness gave the police details of her assailants appearance. The/Her description was

    circulated throughout the metropolitan district.

    c. You can save yourself a full five per cent of interest with our new credit plan. Furthermore/ In addition/ Whats more, we are offering no repayments for a year to customers who sign up before the end of the month.

    d. This is what worries me: I cant get any reliable information.

    e. I must admit that I have wasted a lot of time this year. I even skip classes if I feel tired in the morning. Next year, I will try a different lifestyle on campus by putting more time into my studies.

    f. Ralph felt the icy wind on his back and wrapped his scarf more tightly around his neck. It was surprising how chilly the wind could be once one got a few miles out to sea. g. To make a recording first insert a blank tape into the machine. Then select the channel you wish to record and set the counter to zero. Press the red record button and at the same time

    press the play button.

4. The verb tell in Speaker Bs first utterance sets up a cohesive tie with Speaker As first

    question, and in this context “newspaper is also cohesively related to the verb happen in

    Speaker As utterance, for newspaper is used to report happenings; in addition, the present perfect tense (i.e. havent read) of Speaker Bs first utterance forms a tense-aspectual tie with

    the past simple tense (i.e. happened) in Speaker As first utterance.

    The noun event in Speaker As second utterance is cohesively linked to the verb

    happen in his first utterance and also linked to the noun newspaper in Speaker Bs first

    utterance, for these three words belong to the same semantic field in this context.

    The word yes in Speaker Bs second utterance constructs a semantic tie with Speaker As

    second utterance by giving it a positive response; Democrats connects with politics, for

    they belong to the same semantic field; turn out relates to happen and event in the

    previous utterances, for to some extent, they are also in an co-occurrence relation with each other.

    5. a. A heart transplant? So, youve got a new heart, the very first person in our province who received such an operation, the person whos been much in the news!

    b. The garden was a paradise on earth, with more food and clothes than could be consumed and more money than could be spent.

    c. Today, the international community faces both development opportunities and grave challenges unprecedented in history. The world has never needed mutual understanding, mutual toleration and mutual cooperation as much as it does today. The Beijing Olympic Games is an opportunity not only for China but also for the whole world. By participating in

    the Olympic Games, we should carry forward the Olympic spirit of solidarity, friendship and peace, facilitate sincere exchanges among people from all countries, deepen mutual understanding, enhance friendship and rise above differences, and promote the building of a harmonious world of enduring peace and common prosperity.

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