ERIC Number: ED233314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Cohesion, Comprehending and Comprehensibility.
At a workshop exploring practical methods that elementary and secondary teachers may use to analyze texts, three parallel texts were subjected to three forms of analysis: subjective analysis, examination of cohesive ties, and linguistic analysis of selected text variables such as word and sentence length. The subjective ranking of the passages' difficulty illustrated the varied factors on which individual judgments are based. Calculation of the percentage of grammatical and lexical ties per word and per sentence failed to correspond to workshop participants' subjective judgments of difficulty, suggesting that the connection between cohesion and comprehensibility needs to be investigated further. Rix scores--obtained for each passage by counting the number of long words, dividing by the number of sentences, and multiplying by 100--corresponded roughly to the subjective ratings. While providing an objective measure, the Rix scale's equation of sentence and word length with sentence and word complexity is questionable. Although these measures are indirect, they may nevertheless provide teachers with help in critically evaluating classroom texts. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Linguistic Analysis; Text Coherence; Text Structure
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (28th, Anaheim, CA, May 2-6, 1983).