ERIC Number: ED137735
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Search For Prose Features That Influence the Perception of Topical Organization.
Coke, Esther U.; Koether, Mary E.
This study sought to develop a method for describing readers' perceptions of the topical organization of prose and to specify text features that determine perception of organization. A hierarchical clustering analysis was applied to high-school and college readers' judgments of the topical relatedness of sentences in two prose passages. This produced semantically similar clusters of sentences that were reliable indicators of topical organization. In searching for text features related to topicality, it was found that the perception of topicality was weakly related to the lexical similarity of sentences and that both the spatial relationship between sentences and typographical conventions influenced the perception of topicality. (Author/AA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Reading Association (New York, New York, April 1977) ; Figures 1-4 may be marginally legible due to print quality of the original