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    Question Question on reiteration subtypes classified by Halliday and Hasan (1976)

    Hi there,

    I'm studying lexical reiteration as a kind of cohesion in English. The classification of reiteration by Halliday and Hasan (1976) which states that reiteration can be:
    - Repetition
    - Synonym or near-synonym
    - Superordinate
    - General word
    is quite confusing to me. Why isn't antonym listed here? Do you have any idea?

    And this is the definition given in "Cohesion in English" (1976:278):

    "Reiteration is a form of lexical cohesion which involves the repetition of a lexical item, at one end of the scale; the use of a general word to refer back to a lexical item at the other end of the scale; and a number of thing in between-the use of synonym, near-synonym, or superordinate."

    Thank you for your help.
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    Default Re: Question on reiteration subtypes classified by Halliday and Hasan (1976)

    Does anyone has the same interest with me?

    Synonym and antonym are often taken into consideration together, just like a pair when people mention lexical relation. That makes me wonder

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    Default Re: Question on reiteration subtypes classified by Halliday and Hasan (1976)

    Quote Originally Posted by jonichibi View Post
    Why isn't antonym listed here? Do you have any idea?
    We would not use an antonym to refer back to a word.

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    Default Re: Question on reiteration subtypes classified by Halliday and Hasan (1976)

    Quote Originally Posted by jonichibi View Post
    Does anyone has the same interest with me?
    I'm not sure I do - Language - yes; Hallyday, not so much.
    Synonym and antonym are often taken into consideration together, just like a pair when people mention lexical relation. That makes me wonder
    I waved goodbye to Hallyday, with a nearly inexpressible sense of relief, a few years ago. It seems to me that the use of antonyms (in an appopriate - negative - context) would be a way of enhancing cohesion; but I've never been sure what 'cohesion' is, in Hallydayan terms, or how it differs from 'coherence'.

    Reiteration is a form of lexical cohesion [no it's not for Heaven's sake, or have I just misunderstood 'cohesion'? In their terms, this makes cohesion a 'superordinate' of reiteration, rather than something that can be enhanced by it.] which involves the repetition of a lexical item, at one end of the scale; the use of a general word to refer back to a lexical item at the other end of the scale; and a number of thingS in between-the use of synonym, near-synonym, or superordinate.
    This is a good example of the sort of pointless word-fencing that annoys me about this very trendy sub-genre*!

    b

    PS *See, it's a conditioned reflex: mention 'Hallyday' and like Pavlov's dogs I start spewing out these buzz-words!
    Last edited by BobK; 14-Aug-2012 at 18:27. Reason: Added PS

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