- This book changed linguistics. Before 1976 hardly anyone thought it was necessary to look beyond the sentence in order to study grammar. Without 'Cohesion in English' this erroneous view of language would probably still hold sway (and some like to think that they can still get away with it). Fortunately Halliday and Hasan were able to show how the grammatical system of reference works within and between sentences. This, of course, is just the beginning, although again many would be surprised to hear that Halliday and Hasan have moved on to bigger and better descriptions of English. Cohesion allows a description of language that extends up as far as the structure of each society but is all based on the same fundamental notion of meaning being created through choice.
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