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ERIC Number: ED155710
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Literature and Technical Writing.
de Beaugrande, Robert
By comparing the strategies involved in creating a poem and in writing a government report, this paper presents a model of reading and writing processes for exploring the relationship between literature and technical writing and for pointing out the similarities in the use of texts. The model assumes that the student approaches a piece of writing in a conventional manner and with certain expectations about its meaning. The teacher's task is to present the typical patterns of language and to apply strategies for mediation between such patterns and a unique language situation. In this process, students come to understand the author's individual mode of expression and at the same time develop confidence in their own unique identity. The paper compares the poem "Ghosts," by Elisabeth Jennings, with "Treasure from the Sea," a report published by the United States Naval Oceanographic Office, showing that both writing samples present a conventional statement to be considered immediately, both limit the message selectively to serve the author's purpose, and both present material containing regularities, recurrences, and balanced equivalences. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California, April 18, 1977)