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Sunday, March 05, 2006
 
Coherence, cohesion and incoherence ::

Wayne at Better Bibles has an interesting post about "Coherence, cohesion, and Bible translation". Go read it - I won't even try to summarise it here ;) but since cohesion and coherence and their interactions in prophetic texts are one of my research topics, and since serendipitously I came across a fine example of an incoherent but cohesive text this morning here is a sample:
Tickets tickled one quixotic bureau, even though the lampstands grew up lamely. Quark telephoned one dwarf. Umpteen obese mats towed irascible televisions, however the lampstands abused two silly Klingons, but the botulism bought aardvarks.
Paul marries the obese chrysanthemums. Umpteen Jabberwockies ran away, then one mat laughed noisily, even though two Klingons auctioned off the ticket. Umpteen schizophrenic pawnbrokers married two obese aardvarks, then five tickets almost lamely kissed two botulisms, even though one Jabberwocky abused umpteen lampstands...
It manages not only lexical cohesion, but a measure of alliteration and assonance too! Brilliant.


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