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This is the introductory chapter of this book, which presents the study of classical texts as discourse, i.e. as texts functioning within a communicative situation. The book shares the communis opinion that although cohesion devices cannot create coherence, they do help the reader understand the unity of the discourse by making relations explicit. Cohesion devices are usually divided into grammatical and lexical devices, a division that goes back to Halliday and Hasan. The book focuses mainly on grammatical cohesion devices in Ancient Greek. Besides the use of pronouns and conjunctions (especially conjunctive particles), less standard cohesion devices, like the use of tense and the grammatical form of complements, are taken into consideration. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: ancient Greek linguistics; cohesion devices

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