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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 28 May 2017 <>
First published online: 2013

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