The Structure of Written Communication : Studies in Reciprocity between Writers and Readers
This book transcends current research on writing by relating written text to the cognitive and social processes that create and change it. It includes key features such as: reciprocity as a principle of discourse; language development as socialization; context, explicitness, genre, topic, and comment as concepts in discourse analysis; and writing and reading as social processes.
- Hardback | 234 pages
- 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
- 01 Jan 1987
- Academic Press Inc
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
"Stimulating, provocative, wide-ranging. Nystrand appropriately describes this as 'an ideas book' and readers hungry for insights into the processes of writing are provided with a feast." --APPLIED PSYCHOLINGUSTICS "We regard The Structure of Written Communication as an excitingly ambitious attempt--perhaps the most exciting and the most ambitious to appear to date-to give us a vocabulary and a grounding principle for talking about the complex interactions among the textual, contextual, and ideational components that allow writers and readers to communicate through written language." --Stephen P. Witte and David Elias in STYLE
Table of contents
Writing: Philosophical Assumptions Inherent in Current Cognitive Models of Writing. Reciprocity as a Principle of Discourse. What Writers Do. M. Nystrand, A. Doyle, and M. Himley, A Critical Examination of the Doctrine of Autonomous Texts. Necessary Text Elaborations. Learning to Write: M. Himley, Genre as Generative: One Perspective on One Child's Early Writing Growth. Where do the Spaces Go? The Development of Word Segmentation in the Bissex Texts. Learning to Write by Talking about Writing: A Summary of Research on Intensive Peer Review in Expository Writing Instruction at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. References. Index.