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Christiansen, M. Sidury – Written Communication, 2017
This study describes how members of a transnational social network of Mexican bilinguals living in Chicago manipulate their language on online social media to facilitate and maintain close connections across borders. Using a discourse-centered online ethnographic approach, I examine conversations posted on members' Facebook walls and the contexts…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Mexican Americans, Discourse Analysis, Bilingualism
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Olson, David R.; Oatley, Keith – Written Communication, 2014
Learning to read and write is seen as both the acquisition of skills useful in a modern society and an introduction to a world increasingly organized around the reading and writing of authoritative texts. While most agree on the importance of writing, insufficient attention has been given to the more basic question of just what writing is, that…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Punctuation, Discourse Modes, Theories
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 2013
Writing studies has been an intellectual playground dominated by the "big kids." If we are to understand how writing becomes "relevant" to children as children, then we must study them, not for who they are becoming, but for who they are in life spaces shared with other children. This essay on the methodology entailed in…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Childrens Writing, Researchers, Data Collection
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Ross, Derek G. – Written Communication, 2013
Common topics are words or phrases used to develop argument, and commonplaces aid memory or catalyze frames of understanding. When used in argumentation, each may help interested parties more effectively communicate valuable scientific and environment-related information. This article describes 12 modern topics of environmental rhetoric,…
Descriptors: Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse, Environment, Interviews
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Hayes, John R. – Written Communication, 2012
In Section 1 of this article, the author discusses the succession of models of adult writing that he and his colleagues have proposed from 1980 to the present. He notes the most important changes that differentiate earlier and later models and discusses reasons for the changes. In Section 2, he describes his recent efforts to model young…
Descriptors: Expository Writing, Models, Writing Processes, Adult Education
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Cushman, Ellen – Written Communication, 2011
Informally recognized by the tribal council in 1821, the 86-character Cherokee writing system invented by Sequoyah was learned in manuscript form and became widely used by the Cherokee within the span of a few years. In 1827, Samuel Worcester standardized the arrangement of characters and print designs in ways that differed from Sequoyah's…
Descriptors: Evidence, Written Language, Linguistics, Personality
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Matsuda, Aya; Matsuda, Paul Kei – Written Communication, 2011
In an increasingly globalized world, writing courses, situated as they are in local institutional and rhetorical contexts, need to prepare writers for global writing situations. Taking introductory technical communication in the United States as a case study, this article describes how and to what extent global perspectives are incorporated into…
Descriptors: Technical Writing, Textbooks, Cultural Pluralism, Textbook Content
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Hyland, Ken – Written Communication, 2010
Recent research has emphasized the close connections between writing and the construction of an author's identity. While academic contexts privilege certain ways of making meanings and so restrict what resources participants can bring from their past experiences, we can also see these writing conventions as a repertoire of options that allow…
Descriptors: Authors, Self Concept, Academic Discourse, Identification
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Burgess, Amy; Ivanic, Roz – Written Communication, 2010
This article argues for the differentiation according to timescales of aspects of writer identity. It presents a framework for investigating the discoursal construction of writer identity that develops the categories proposed by Ivanic in two ways. First, it distinguishes aspects of writer identity according to the timescales over which they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Authors, Writing (Composition), Self Concept
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Thieme, Katja – Written Communication, 2010
This article offers a way of using the theory of audience design--how speakers position different audience groups as main addressees, overhearers, or bystanders--for written discourse. It focuses on main addressees, that is, those audience members who are expected to participate in and respond to a speaker's utterances. The text samples are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feminism, Audience Analysis, Rhetoric
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Christoph, Julie Nelson – Written Communication, 2009
Scholars of adult basic literacy curricular materials have argued that the skill-based, deficit-oriented approach of many such materials denies the interests and motivations of adult learners. Exploring why these kinds of curricular materials are prevalent in adult basic literacy education, this article focuses on the case of ProLiteracy, a…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Christianity, Illiteracy, Tutors
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Nelson, Mark Evan; Hull, Glynda A.; Roche-Smith, Jeeva – Written Communication, 2008
One privilege enjoyed by new-media authors is the opportunity to realize representations of Self that are rich textual worlds in themselves and also to engage the wider world, with a voice, a smile, imagery, and sound. Still, closer investigation of multimedia composition practices reveals levels of complexity with which the verbal virtuoso is…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Intention, Multimedia Materials, Intermode Differences
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Bezemer, Jeff; Kress, Gunther – Written Communication, 2008
Frequently writing is now no longer the central mode of representation in learning materials--textbooks, Web-based resources, teacher-produced materials. Still (as well as moving) images are increasingly prominent as carriers of meaning. Uses and forms of writing have undergone profound changes over the last decades, which calls for a social,…
Descriptors: Writing (Composition), Semiotics, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials
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Wynn, James – Written Communication, 2007
From a rhetorical perspective, Mendel's work and its reception elicit two important questions: (a) why were Mendel's arguments so compelling to 20th century biologists? And (b) why where they so roundly ignored by his contemporaries? The focus of this article is to examine the latter question while commenting on the former by employing several…
Descriptors: Audience Response, Rhetorical Theory, Plants (Botany), Innovation
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Weinstein, Susan – Written Communication, 2007
This article examines the poetry, prose, and rap lyrics written by nine low-income, African American and Latino urban youths. The study is based on a 3-year research project using ethnographic methods including field observations, informal interviews, and collection of written artifacts. Part of a larger study of these youths' writing practices,…
Descriptors: Urban Youth, Speech Communication, Poetry, Sexuality
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