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Spinuzzi, Clay; Nelson, Scott; Thomson, Keela S.; Lorenzini, Francesca; French, Rosemary A.; Pogue, Gregory; London, Noelle – Written Communication, 2016
K6015, a South Korean firm seeking to commercialize its magnet technology in the US market, entered a technology commercialization training program structured as a competition. Through this program, K6015 (and others in the program) used several genres to progressively interest different sets of stakeholders. To understand how K6015 applied these…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Competition, Magnets, Case Studies
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Kuhn, Deanna; Hemberger, Laura; Khait, Valerie – Written Communication, 2016
In most assessments of students' argumentive writing and in most research on the topic, students write on topics for which they have no specific prior preparation. We examined development in the argumentive writing urban middle school students did as part of a two-year dialogic-based intervention in which students engaged deeply with a series of…
Descriptors: Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Middle School Students, Student Development
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Szymanski, Erika Amethyst – Written Communication, 2016
Even as deficit model science communication falls out of favor, few studies question how written science communication constructs relationships between science and industry. Here, I investigate how textual microprocesses relate scientific research to industry practice in the Washington State wine industry, helping (or hindering) winemakers and…
Descriptors: Industry, Written Language, Science and Society, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Davila, Bethany – Written Communication, 2016
Although standard language ideologies have been well researched and theorized, the practices that lead to the reproduction and enactment of these ideologies deserve attention. Specifically, there remains a need to study language that both reveals reliance on standard language ideologies and perpetuates these ideologies within the field of writing…
Descriptors: Standard Spoken Usage, English, Language Usage, Ideology
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Crossley, Scott A.; Muldner, Kasia; McNamara, Danielle S. – Written Communication, 2016
Idea generation is an important component of most major theories of writing. However, few studies have linked idea generation in writing samples to assessments of writing quality or examined links between linguistic features in a text and idea generation. This study uses human ratings of idea generation, such as "idea fluency, idea…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Freshman Composition, Essays, Concept Formation
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Larson, Brian N. – Written Communication, 2016
Some studies have found characteristics of written texts that vary with author gender, echoing popular beliefs about essential gender differences that are reinforced in popular works of some scholarly authors. This article reports a study examining texts (N = 193) written in the same genre--a legal memorandum--by women and men with similar…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Effect Size, Nonparametric Statistics, Statistical Analysis
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O'Keefe, Meaghan M. – Written Communication, 2015
Rhetorical use of citation is a means of indirectly reaffirming authority while avoiding the appearance of argument. It is therefore an especially useful strategy for people and institutions with compromised public images. This article compares the American Catholic bishops' written citational patterns in the United States Conference of Catholic…
Descriptors: Catholics, Clergy, Rhetoric, Persuasive Discourse
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Dahl, Trine – Written Communication, 2015
Science reporting in the media often involves contested issues, such as, for example, biotechnology, climate change, and, more recently, geoengineering. The reporter's framing of the issue is likely to influence readers' perception of it. The notion of framing is related to how individuals and groups perceive and communicate about the…
Descriptors: News Writing, News Reporting, Content Analysis, Discourse Analysis
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Leonard, Rebecca Lorimer – Written Communication, 2015
Contemporary international migration produces a great deal of bureaucratic writing activity. This article reports on a study of one bureaucratic literacy practice--correspondence--of 25 international migrants in the United States. Contextual and practice-based analysis of data collected through literacy history interviews shows that (a) by virtue…
Descriptors: Migrants, Letters (Correspondence), Administrative Organization, Literary Styles
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Gallagher, John R. – Written Communication, 2015
This article investigates the strategies web-writers develop when their audiences respond to them via textual participation. Focusing on three web-writers who want to "continue the conversation," this article identifies five major strategies to accomplish this aim: (a) editing after production, (b) quotation, (c) question posing, (d)…
Descriptors: Writing Strategies, Internet, Authors, Editing
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Pavia, Catherine Matthews – Written Communication, 2015
Greater attention to methods and methodologies when studying writing in religious contexts is needed to help researchers navigate ethical issues specific to faith communities and religious practices; to improve knowledge regarding the relationships among writing, religion, and faith; and to encourage respect for religious and nonreligious beliefs.…
Descriptors: Ethics, Writing (Composition), Religion, Beliefs
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Angeli, Elizabeth L. – Written Communication, 2015
This article examines memory and distributed cognition involved in the writing practices of emergency medical services (EMS) professionals. Results from a 16-month study indicate that EMS professionals rely on distributed cognition and three kinds of memory: individual, collaborative, and professional. Distributed cognition and the three types of…
Descriptors: Emergency Medical Technicians, Allied Health Personnel, Cognitive Processes, Memory
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Hanauer, David I. – Written Communication, 2015
There is increasing usage of creative writing in the ESL/EFL classroom based on the argument that this pedagogy develops writer's voice, emotional engagement, and ownership. Within the context of teaching poetry writing to second language learners, the current article develops a scientific approach to ways in which voice can be measured and then…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Creative Writing, Poetry, Computational Linguistics
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Vandendaele, Astrid; De Cuypere, Ludovic; Van Praet, Ellen – Written Communication, 2015
Thus far, professional editing has not been researched extensively in writing research. This article zooms in on sub-editing in newswriting as a form of professional editing, addressing three research questions: (a) What are the ways in which a news article's text is altered?, (b) Are some types of news article altered more significantly than…
Descriptors: Editing, News Writing, Revision (Written Composition), Discourse Analysis
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LeBlanc, Robert Jean – Written Communication, 2015
This article examines students' literacy practices during Mass and other Catholic religious services in a multilingual, multiethnic urban Catholic school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It discusses three dimensions of their literacy practice: (a) how parents, teachers, and priests draw on the tradition of Catholic schooling and ritual to structure…
Descriptors: Catholic Schools, Religious Factors, Religious Education, Ethnography
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