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ANALYSING COMMUNICATIVE RELEVANCE OF COHESIVE DEVICES IN SELECTED SPEECHES OF THE NIGERIAN SENATE

*JOY AWORO-OKOROH (PH.D.)

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

                                   

**ADEWOLE ALAGBE (PHD)

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

NASARAWA STATE UNIVERSITY, KEFFI

 

Abstract

Analysing the Communicative Relevance of” References and Conjunctions “as Cohesive Devices in Selected Speeches of The Nigerian Senate, is a study is premised on both the cohesion theory by Halliday and Hassan and the relevance theory by Sperber . Both theories were adopted because they help to strengthen and enhance communication between participants of communicative events. The data for the study consists of Two speeches of the Nigerian Distinguished Senators documented in the vote of proceedings –HANSARD for 2012-2013. Research design adopted is the descriptive design to analyse and highlight the use of language by the Nigerian Senator.  Findings thus, suggest that the use of these cohesive devices by the senators are appropriate and they contribute to interpretation and comprehension in discourse though at some point in their communicative events, wrong use of cohesive devices affected the continuity of discourse of the senators. Findings also show that the cohesive items used justify and makes their sentences meaningful and one unified whole ensuring that communicative relevance is achieved.

journal of english

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