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ERIC Number: ED068977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 185
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Semantic Analysis: A "Reading" Approach to the Teaching of Composition.
Stern, Arthur Alan
This dissertation outlines and demonstrates a method of analyzing full-length argumentative essays from a semantic point of view. As a method, semantic analysis is based on a theory which defines composition as a multi-leveled and multi-dimensional problem-solving process. According to the theory, the writer must be capable of making intelligent choices at three distinguishable levels (invention, arrangement, and style), and in three dimensions (the semantic, the pragmatic, and the syntactic). Two related techniques of semantic analysis are outlined: propositional analysis explores the relations between proposition and proof, argument and evidence; structural analysis uses the findings of propositional analysis to discover the organizational plan. To demonstrate these techniques, three articles published in "Harper's Magazine" are subjected to semantic analysis. Each of the three authors writes about a different topic in a different organizational pattern; all three articles are instances of contemporary American argumentative prose. (Author/WR)
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