Manusya, Journal of Humanities

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The main purpose of this study is to explore the cohesive strategies in the narrative lyrics of songs by Jaran Manopetch. The song data used in this research include the lyrics of twenty-eight narrative songs composed and arranged by Jaran Manopetch. The songs are classified as narrative discourse on the basis of two major traits of discourse type identified by Longacre (1983): Contingent Temporal Succession and Agent Orientation. Moreover, the song data are divided into two groups according to terminology and pronunciation of Jaran Manopetch: five standard Thai songs and twenty-three Kham Muang/northern Thai songs were studied. The lyrics' cohesive devices were analyzed semantically and syntactically according to theoretical frameworks of Robert E. Longacre on the grammar of discourse and of M.A.K. Halliday and Ruqaiya Hasan on cohesion in English. The cohesive devices in the narrative lyrics of Jaran Manopetch include the thematic elements identified by serial thematic verb construction, punctual and sequential indicators of events, structural cohesion: cycles, participant cohesion composed of two sections: introduction and maintenance of participants, demonstrative reference, substitution, ellipsis, conjunctive elements, and lexical cohesion.

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