The Structure of Written Communication

The Structure of Written Communication : Studies in Reciprocity between Writers and Readers

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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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 234 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 498.95g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 0125234821
  • 9780125234825
  • 2,118,598

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"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
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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.
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