ERIC Number: ED390071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Visualization in Natural Language: Four Case Studies in Discourse Analysis.
A study examined the idea that linguistic competence and linguistic performance may be initially dependent on a substrate of imagery. The study explored the ways in which four student interviewees' talk indicated the visual processes of thinking. The prompt used was: describe some aspect of daily life at the age of 9 or 10. The study reviewed responses from these students from different cultural backgrounds, who remembered meals but in quite distinct ways. The study finds the syntax of observed events complex. Results indicated that all students used visual language to describe their meals, yet each focus was unique: the French and Sudanese male subjects had socially-oriented viewpoints; the American and Jordanian female subjects focused on the individuals in their families; three students used emotional language; and all four students used language indicative of imagery in memory. (A figure is included.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Natural Language; Visual Imagery
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (46th, Washington, DC, March 23-25, 1995).