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ERIC Number: ED016976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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THE PSYCHOLOGICAL REALITY OF THE PARAGRAPH.
KOEN, FRANK; AND OTHERS
FOUR PASSAGES OF EXPOSITORY PROSE WERE ANALYZED IN TERMS OF EXTRA-SENTENCE STRUCTURES IN THREE SYSTEMS--LEXICAL, GRAMMATICAL, AND RHETORICAL. NONSENSE WORDS WERE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL CONTENT WORDS IN EACH PASSAGE, GRAMMATICAL ENDINGS ON WORDS WERE RETAINED, AND PARAGRAPH INDENTIONS WERE REMOVED. FORTY-EIGHT COLLEGE UNDERGRADUATES WERE INSTRUCTED TO PLACE PARAGRAPH MARKERS AT "APPROPRIATE SENTENCE JUNCTURES" IN BOTH ENGLISH AND NONSENSE PASSAGES. SUBJECTS SHOWED A HIGH DEGREE OF AGREEMENT IN PLACING PARAGRAPH MARKERS IN BOTH ENGLISH AND NONSENSE PASSAGES. THE CORRELATION BETWEEN THE INCIDENCE OF PARAGRAPHING AT SPECIFIC SENTENCE JUNCTURES WAS .82 BETWEEN ENGLISH AND NONSENSE VERSIONS. THE INCIDENCE OF PARAGRAPHING WAS STRONGLY RELATED TO THE NUMBER OF SYSTEMS IN WHICH STRUCTURAL DISCONTINUITIES OCCURRED. THE RESULTS WERE DISCUSSED IN TERMS OF THE NATURE OF THE CUES WHICH APPEAR TO BE OPERATIVE, THE NATURE OF PARAGRAPHING ABILITY, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE TEACHING OF PROSE WRITING. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN "STUDIES IN LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR, PROGRESS REPORT NO. IV" OF THE CENTER FOR RESEARCH ON LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE BEHAVIOR, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, CITY CENTER BUILDING, 220 EAST HURON STREET, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN 48108. (AUTHOR/JD)
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Center for Research on Language and Language Behavior.
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