Transition Signals in Writing
What are Transition Signals?
Transition signals are connecting words or phrases that act like bridges between parts of your writing. They link your sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas.
Transition signals act like signposts to indicate to the reader the order and flow of your writing and ideas. They strengthen the internal cohesion of your writing. Using transitions makes it easier for the reader to follow your ideas. They help carry over a thought from one sentence to another, from one paragraph to another, or from one idea to another.
There are several types of transition signals. Some lead your reader forward and imply the building of an idea or thought, while others make your reader compare ideas or draw conclusions from the preceding thoughts.
|During  the early twentieth century, Australian society experienced a transformation of the domestic ideal. At this time  families were subject to an increasing array of government and ‘professional’ programs and advice aiming to manage and regulate family life. Some of these programs were designed to counter social changes, others were designed to engineer them; ultimately  each heralded a growing expert encroachment into the private sphere.Intervention and influence took three forms. Firstly  , techniques designed to maximise efficiency were introduced into the home and scientific principles were applied to its design.In addition , housework and parenting methods were scrutinised and subject to unprecedented standards. Secondly  , all aspects of reproduction attracted increasing intervention from government and the medical profession. Thirdly , state, professional and philanthropic groups began to usurp the parental role within the family through instruction and policy. Consequently , the development of ‘modern’ social ideals brought regulation, intervention and ever-increasing unrealistic standards.||Indicating a specific timeIndicating a conclusion To indicate sequence and logically divide an ideaIndicating extra information
Indicating a result
List of Transition Signals
|List of Transition Signals|
|To indicate sequence or to order information||first, second etc.followed byat this pointnext, last, finally
next, before, after
|To introduce an example||in this casefor examplefor instanceon this occasion
this can be seen
when/where . . .
take the case of
|To indicate time||immediatelythereafterformerlyfinally
at that time
at this point
|To logically divide an idea||first, next, finallyfirstly, secondly, thirdlyinitially, subsequently, ultimately|
|To compare||similarlyby comparisonsimilar tolike, just like
|To contrast||in contraston the other handbalanced againsthowever
on the contrary
a different view is
|To introduce additional ideas/ information||in additionalsofinallymoreover
one can also say
|To introduce an opposite idea or show exception||howeveron the other handwhereasinstead
in spite of
it could also be said that
|To give an example||for exampleto illustratefor instancein this case
take the case of
|To indicate a result/ cause of something||thereforethusconsequentlyas a consequence
as a result
|To summarise or conclude||in summaryin conclusionin briefas a result
on the whole
in other words
Oshima, A & Hogue, A 1991, Writing Academic English, Addison-Wesley.