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Cohesion is the explicit linguistic marking of discourse coherence through grammatical as well as lexical elements.

The concept of cohesion is closely tied up with that of coherence. The latter refers to the property of a discourse ‘hanging together’ (from Lat. cohaerēre ‘to stick together’), which may remain implicit. Cohesion, on the other hand, can be regarded as the visible ‘glue’ between the parts of a discourse. In other words, cohesion is the explicit linguistic marking of disco…

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Annemieke Drummen, “Cohesion”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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