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ERIC Number: ED016961
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep-1
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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PSYCHO-RHETORICAL STRUCTURES--I. THE PARAGRAPH.
KOEN, FRANK
THIS PAPER DEALS WITH SOME PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF RHETORICAL FORM AND STRUCTURE. THE SUGGESTION IS MADE THAT THE FIRST CONSIDERATION IS A DEFINITION OF THE ENTITY--THE EFFECTIVE STIMULUS--TO WHICH THE S (SUBJECT) RESPONDS. THIS MEANS A SPECIFICATION OF FUNCTIONAL CONTEXT, IN WHICH THE S VIEWS A GIVEN LANGUAGE PERFORMANCE. THE PSYCHOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE OF LANGUAGE STRUCTURES IN GENERAL IS BRIEFLY REVIEWED. IT IS ARGUED THAT THE PERCEPTION OF PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE PROVIDES THE RECEIVER OF A MESSAGE A SET OF SUBTLE DIMENSIONS ALONG WHICH TO DIRECT HIS EXPECTATIONS ABOUT INCOMING INFORMATION. THERE IS A BRIEF PRESENTATION OF BECKER'S THEORY OF PARAGRAPH STRUCTURE AND A REPORT OF AN EXPERIMENT WHICH WAS CONDUCTED TO TEST ITS VALIDITY. SS TEND TO AGREE ON THE PLACING OF PARAGRAPH MARKERS IN UNINDENTED PASSAGES OF EXPOSITORY PROSE, IN EITHER ENGLISH OR NONSENSE--AN INDEPENDENT THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF THE PASSAGES SUCCESSFULLY PREDICTED WHERE PARAGRAPH MARKERS WERE PLACED. THE RESULTS ARE DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF BECKER'S THEORY AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TEACHING OF COMPOSITION. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE CONFERENCE ON COLLEGE COMPOSITION AND COMMUNICATION, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY, APRIL 6, 1967, AND ALSO APPEARS IN "STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR, PROGRESS REPORT V," SEPTEMBER 1, 1967. (AUTHOR/AMM)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.
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