Demonstrative References of This and That in English Speeches by Chinese College Students

Junqiang Zhao


Demonstrative reference is a common means of cohesion in discourse. Based on Cohesion Theory by Halliday and Hasan, the paper is aimed at exploring the use of this and that as a means of deixis and reference in college English speeches from the perspective of discourse cohesion to achieve more effective analysis and appreciation of English speeches.


English Speech; Chinese College Student; Deixis, Reference; Cohesion; Analysis

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