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The Fact of Cohesion and Coherence in Textual Harmony (Published)

Texts, in their various forms are not created in a vacuum, but they are contents of certain messages which the reader decodes for use. Being language use in naturally occurring situations, a text involves meaningful linguistic manipulations as well as ideational and interpersonal interaction in its realization in what is expressed as cohesion and coherence in textual building. Every meaningful text is an embodiment of cohesive network within the discourse (internal) and the other experimental (external) factors in the making and understanding of such a text. In this paper, we closely examine what a text is and made a case for its interchangeable use with discourse without contradictions. Much attention is also given to the cohesive devices which form the main network of links, ties and chains within a linguistic text but with the evidences that a text may be cohesively well-structured without the status of a coherent text which is the ultimate. Finally, a pedagogical intervention is recommended to cushion the problem associated with the acquisition of the required knowledge of cohesion and coherence in textual creation.

Keywords: Discourse, Text, Textual Harmony, coherence, cohesion

Cohesion and Coherence in English and Arabic: A Cross-Theoretic Study (Published)

Cohesion and Coherence Theory plays a significant role in the field of discourse analysis. Despite the fact that it occupies an important status in the Western linguistic literature, its linguistic roots in other cultures especially those in Arabic have not been paid enough attention. In Arabic, the classical linguistic renown study, namely Al-Nadhm Theory, proposed by Al-Jirjani seems to be an antecedent version,in a way or another, to the Western one. Thus, a scholar investigation of this claim is worth conducting to form a solid and clearer picture about cohesion and coherence as linguistic notions. This has prompted this paper to concern itself with the task of cross-theoretically contrasting the two theories so as to show the similarities and differences between them. Additionally, it attempts to find out some aspects of convergence between them. In association with the aforementioned aims, this study hypothesizes that the Western theory is a merely developed version of an antecedent version, namely the Arabic one. Though the two theories expose differences, they show similarities and share many linguistic areas where they meet. To achieve the aims of this study and test its hypotheses, it adopts a procedure which involves reviewing cohesion and coherence in the two theories in question, contrasting them, and, on the basis of the findings of the contrast, drawing some conclusions that accord with aims and hypotheses of this piece of research work. The conclusions are drawn to show whether the hypotheses of the study are verified or rejected.             

 

Keywords: Arabic, Contrast., English, coherence, cohesion

Application of Multimedia Principles: Post Graduate Students’ Experience (Published)

This study was an empirical survey that used the survey design on a random sample of 120 (one hundred and twenty) doctoral students of the University of Port Harcourt, from two given sessions.  The instrument consisted of a 31-item Multimedia questionnaire divided into seven (7) sections.  This instrument met the indices of both content validity and reliability.  Some of the findings of the study were: texts still dominate most PowerPoint presentations; there is obvious difficulty in labeling complex graphics as such lines could intersect; occasional non reference to projected slides perhaps due to time factor, reading from slides in some cases; and the formal rather than conversational style of presentation, amongst other.  The recommendations made were strictly tied to these major findings.  

Keywords: : Modality, Contiguity, and personalization, coherence, redundancy, segmenting

Application of Multimedia Principles- Post Graduate Students’ Experience (Published)

This study was an empirical survey that used the survey design on a random sample of 120 (one hundred and twenty) doctoral students of the University of Port Harcourt, from two given sessions. The instrument consisted of a 31-item Multimedia questionnaire divided into seven (7) sections. This instrument met the indices of both content validity and reliability. Some of the findings of the study were: texts still dominate most PowerPoint presentations; there is obvious difficulty in labeling complex graphics as such lines could intersect; occasional non reference to projected slides perhaps due to time factor, reading from slides in some cases; and the formal rather than conversational style of presentation, amongst other. The recommendations made were strictly tied to these major findings.

Keywords: : Modality, Contiguity, and personalization, coherence, redundancy, segmenting