Application of Relevance Theory to Discourse Teaching

Yuan WANG, Minghe GUO


This thesis sets out to examine one of the most important aspects of discourse—discourse coherence and try to research discourse coherence on the basis of a cognitive theory—Relevance Theory. It aims to apply theory to discourse teaching in college English and improve students’ ability in discourse reading and understanding.


Relevance theory; Discourse coherence; Discourse teaching

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