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ERIC Number: ED159704
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Writing as a Decision Process.
de Beaugrande, Robert
A "generative stylistics" approach to writing presents usable, conscious standards for the production, arrangement, and rearrangement of written discourse thereby teaching students how to make appropriate decisions about language usage. Based on research studies that indicate the dependence of the writing process on the decision making process in areas such as coherence, order, and intended audience, this approach could affect student motivation positively because it implies an explicit statement of the tasks to be accomplished and presents standards for determining success. While areas of linguistics (tagmemics and transformational grammar) and composition theory contribute to the understanding of the writing process, they do not offer workable criteria for making decisions and cannot be used in establishing a comprehensive generative stylistics. After research has defined how forms and patterns of language affect the reader and how the reader responds to elements of varying relevance, a fixed set of standards can be established that offers fixed patterns of expected and unexpected arrangement in written discourse which will elicit predictable audience responses. These standards would also provide focusing techniques for measuring writing and guiding revision. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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