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Barton, Ellen L. – Written Communication, 1995
Describes a set of metadiscourse functions arising from the use of contrastive and non-contrastive expressions in academic argumentation. Describes interpersonal metadiscourse functions of connectives within argumentative essays. Proposes that interpersonal uses of connectives mitigate counterclaims and emphasize claims based on the assumed roles…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Connected Discourse, Discourse Analysis, Higher Education
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Hagge, John – Written Communication, 1995
Explains that analysis of leading ideas in 20th century engineering writing textbooks and other primary sources demonstrates that disciplinary discourse conventions develop from an intricate nexus of human motivations, beliefs, and social activity. Explores currents in American social and intellectual history that explain this complex view of…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, Engineering, Higher Education, Intellectual History
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Himley, Margaret; And Others – Written Communication, 1996
Provides reflections on the work of four writing teachers in a neighborhood adult literacy center to understand better the potential "violence" of literacy learning, to reassess assumptions of expressivist pedagogy, and to turn to M. Bakhtin and M. Foucault as interpretive frames for theorizing adult literacy learning. Proposes…
Descriptors: Adult Basic Education, Adult Literacy, Collaborative Writing, Writing Instruction
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Alford, Elisabeth M. – Written Communication, 1988
Examines two passages from Thucydides'"History of the Peloponnesian War" to illustrate the origins of scientific writing and to explore the relationship between scientific writing and epideictic rhetoric. Concludes that Thucydides' work merits an important position in the history of scientific and technical writing. (JAD)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Epidemiology, Language Styles, Persuasive Discourse
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Dyson, Anne Haas – Written Communication, 1989
Reconsiders how child writers gain control of story forms, the functions of children's story worlds in their real worlds, and the connections between form and function in literacy development. Focuses on one students' writing development to show the gradual evolution of literary perspective. (MG)
Descriptors: Beginning Writing, Case Studies, Classroom Research, Emergent Literacy
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Gragson, Gay; Selzer, Jack – Written Communication, 1990
Analyzes two scientific journal articles from a reader-response perspective. Elaborates the rhetorical nature of scientific discourse and demonstrates that even within the constraints of the journal articles, scientists have considerable freedom to exercise choices. Explicates how writers use cues to direct readers into fictional roles. (MG)
Descriptors: Audience Awareness, Biology, Characterization, Higher Education
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Burleson, Brant R.; Rowan, Katherine E. – Written Communication, 1985
Reports findings of one study that reanalyzed research data allegedly demonstrating a substantial relationship between social cognitive ability and narrative writing skill, and another that collected original data. Reveals no relationship between social cognitive ability and rated quality of narrative essays. Discusses finding in terms of a…
Descriptors: Cognitive Ability, Grade 4, Higher Education, Intermediate Grades
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