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Cohesion is a property of oral and written text or discourse. It refers to relations that exist between (adjacent and) structurally independent clauses or sentences. Cohesion, thus, characterizes a stretch of text that manifests a non-structural relationship. The sentence in (1) does not denote a cohesive relation because of the grammatical dependency that exists between its major component parts, its main and subordinate clauses.

fawra duxūli-hi l-maqhā badaʾa yudaxxinu sījāra
‘As soon as he entered the café, he started smoking a cigarette’

The notion of cohesion refers t…

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Esam N. Khalil, “Cohesion”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1570-6699_eall_EALL_SIM_0017>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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