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ERIC Number: ED215575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Partial Index of Text Complexity Involving the Lexical Analysis of Rhetorical Collectives. IET Text-Processing Paper 4.
Whalley, Peter
An alternative to the traditional surface measures of text complexity is put forward. The background to the study is an attempt to provide a useful analysis of educational courses being prepared on a text-processor system. The analysis is primarily concerned with one aspect of cohesion in text, the use of rhetorical connectives or items of conjunction as identified by text linguists. The aim is to tap some portion of the intended rhetorical structure as it is likely to be perceived by the reader, who must rely on the explicit signalling cues available. The analysis is made within the framework of a "staging" model of text production, which assumes a process of ordering and structuring of important notions. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Open Univ., Walton, Bletchley, Bucks (England). Inst. of Educational Technology.
Identifiers: Text Structure
Note: Paper presented at the International ALLC Symposium "Computers in Literacy and Linguistic Research" (6th, Cambridge, England, 1980).