Free Indirect Thought in Stream-of-Consciousness Fiction: A Textural Cohesive Perspective

  •  Hua Guo    


Free indirect thought (FIT) is an important linguistic device to portray characters in stream-of-consciousness fiction. Most studies are concerned with its linguistic manifestations that align the text with the character’s point of view, and not much attention is given to the implicit coherence underlying FIT’s seemingly disconnected and disorganized structures. Using cohesion theory (Halliday & Hasan, 1985), this article analyzes FIT extracts of the two major characters in Mrs. Dalloway. The analysis is conducted to examine the non-structural cohesive devices and the cohesive chains these devices form and explore their unique contribution to the depiction of characters’ thought processes and distinctive personalities. 

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