Abushihab, ─░brahim
March 2008
Ekev Academic Review;Spring2008, Vol. 12 Issue 35, p333
Academic Journal
What distinguishes a text from a non-text is texture (coherence). In any language, discourse producer has some resources to create texture in a text. Choice of lexical items of various types contributes to the textuality of a text. Regarding lexical cohesion, a writer creates semantic or lexical chains in a text and each chain consists of nods that act as building blocks of this chain. The role of these nods in a text is to activate the relevant schemata in the reader's mind. The idea is, as Cook points out, stimulated by key words or phrases in the text or by the context. The implication of this textual analysis to reading comprehension is that the discourse producer in the process of encoding his message provides the decoder of various stages with sign-points to guide him towards the main theme of discourse. The responsibility of the reader is to be sensitive to such sign-points and recognize their relationship to create lexical chains that contribute to the development of the conveyance of the writer's intended message(s).


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