ERIC Number: ED203319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Syntactic Variation and the Functions of Language.
Hennig, Kenneth R., Jr.
A study examined student writing from the point of view of each of three language functions: the expressive function (the evidence of the individual writer), the appeal function (evidence of a particular listener or audience), and the representative function (attention to the topic). While speaking, students have a clear sense of the three functions of language. On the other hand, when students write, they are on less familiar ground. Samples of writing--personal journals, letter writing, and topic-centered essays--were gathered from 20 community college freshmen. From these samples, 80 t-units of each of the three types of writing were selected. Syntactic structures were analyzed to determine syntactic differences among the three sample groups. Results indicated differences mainly between the topic-centered essays and the journals and letters, with the essay writing being more complex. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Research prepared at the State University of New York/Buffalo.