ERIC Number: ED191044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Structural Variation in Five Persuasive Writings of Mature Writers. Studies in Language Education, Report No. 38.
Combs, Warren E.
The persuasive writings of 14 teacher education students considered to be exemplary writers were examined to determine what variations occurred across topics and across writers. The stability of the T-unit (the main clause and all its subordinate clauses) as an indicator of writing ability was also tested. All the subjects wrote compositions on five topics, creating a total sample of 70 persuasive writings. These compositions were segmented into T-units and clauses to yield four descriptive scores: total number of words, words per T-unit, subordinate clauses per T-unit, and words per clause. There was a significant degree of structural variation according to topics. The variations occurred both in the overall length of T-units employed and in the number of subordinate clauses within each T-unit. Individual style was reflected with some precision in the indexes that were used. Students who wrote long T-units in one topic tended to write long T-units on the other topics. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Georgia Univ., Athens. Dept. of Language Education.
Identifiers: T Units