IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(4): 226-230 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.4.232

An Analysis of Conjunctions as Cohesive Devices in High School Students‟ English Writing

Li Yingle and Zhao Xueai
Abstract—Cohesion and coherence have long been considered as important features of a good essay. Therefore, in many writing tests (e.g, IELTS, TOEFL, CET4, CET6), cohesion and coherence of articles are usually given a larger proportion of grade. This emphasis on cohesion and coherence has prompted English teachers to place special emphasis on the use of cohesive devices in English writing.
Studies of cohesion and coherence have been conducted all over the world since the publication of Halliday and Hasan’s Cohesion in English in 1976. In particular, the use of cohesive devices in English writing has been a significant topic. However, the impact of the use of these devices on writings’ quality is unclear.
Therefore, this paper aims to explore whether high school students use cohesive devices in English writing appropriately, with a particular focus on the issue of conjunction use.
According to a considerable number of studies, the number of cohesive devices and the quality of writing barely have utilitarian purposes. The results of the present study show that the frequency of conjunctions has little to do with the quality of English writing. In addition, it is not the frequency of cohesive items that makes a text structured, but rather the appropriate use of conjunctive markers.

Index Terms—Cohesive devices, conjunction, English writing.

Li Yingle and Zhao Xueai are with the School of Foreign Languages of Northwestern Polytechnical University, China (e-mail: yingle_li@163.com, xazhao@nwpu.edu.cn).

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Cite:Li Yingle and Zhao Xueai, "An Analysis of Conjunctions as Cohesive Devices in High School Students‟ English Writing," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 226-230, 2019.

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