A Contrastive Analysis of the Links of Textuality in Abstracts Written by Persian and English Writers in Clinical Psychology Journals

Abbas Mehrabi Boshrabadi, Reza Biria, Maryam Hodaeian

Abstract


It is generally agreed today that lexical cohesion is one of the fundamental elements of the text texture achieved through lexical semantic relations dominating the arrangement of propositional units in a text. Accordingly, this study sought to compare and contrast the textual links or lexical cohesive devices enlisted in the psychological abstracts written by Persian and English writers. To this end, 40 abstracts from Persian and English articles, 20 in each language, published in clinical psychology journals were randomly selected. The framework serving as tertium comprationis for analyzing lexical cohesion markers was derived from Halliday and Hasan’s (1976) model [Halliday, M. A. K., & Hasan, R. (1976). Cohesion in English. London: Longman]. A frequency count analysis was employed to gauge the number of occurrences of cohesive links in the selected corpus. The results revealed that lexical links of synonymy and repetition were more frequent than other cohesive devices in both English and Persian abstracts.


Keywords


Links of textuality, Lexical cohesive devices, Synonymy, Repetition, Clinical psychology journal abstracts

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.3n.4p.136

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