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Psalm 150
Discourse Cohesion

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These diagrams represent lexical cohesion and semantic domain cohesion. Reference cohesion is handled in Participant Analysis. Logical cohesion is handled in Unit-level Semantics.

All lexical and contextual domains are taken from SDBH, the Semantic Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, where possible.

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Short-range cohesion gives a glimpse of the rate of information flow. Abundant cohesion (lots of green) shows significant overlap from one line to the next.

Psalm 150 is extremely cohesive.

Long-range cohesion gives an indication of whether the psalm returns to the same ideas or develops into new ones. The explicit reference to deities bookends this psalm, whereas the sounds are part of the body only.

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Analysing hapax domains (those that occur only once) is purely exploratory. Where a psalm is very repetitive, it may be interesting which domains are only mentioned once. Their connection with the psalm must be due to wider associations rather than simple semantic domain.

Cohesion may have structural implications. This diagram seeks to uncover any such implications in the current psalm.

In Psalm 150, the repetition of domains noted above (for deities and sound) is here shown as three sections of text.

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Contextual domain cohesion refers to commonly associated semantic domains and is often supplementary to lexical domain cohesion. In Psalm 150, the repetitive words ensure extreme cohesion of contextual domains. 

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