ERIC Number: ED186894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Idea Combining: Synthesizing Syntax and Meaning.
Concerns that sentence combining has become the sole means of instruction in some college composition courses, that students are inadvertently getting the view that writing is essentially a mechanical manipulation of parts strung together, and that writing research has reduced writing to architectural structuralism made up of prewriting, writing, and rewriting are addressed in this paper. It explains how an interest in finding interrelationships among various aspects of writing led to developing a theory of idea combining, predicated on the assumption that lying dormant in college students' minds are syntactic patterns that can be resuscitated as ideas are discovered. Several sample exercises using both heuristic and syntactic signals are suggested for students who have had experience with sentence combining to prompt them to generate multiple relationship ideas and for writing instructors who wish to expand the strategies of sentence combining to include other rhetorical considerations. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication (31st, Washington, DC, March 13-15, 1980).