ERIC Number: ED177547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Non-Logical Discourse: Key to the Composing Process?
Poulsen, Richard C.
One niche in which scholars have not looked for keys to the composing process is the sometimes illusory but vital area of nonlogical discourse, which includes fantasy, hallucination, dream, reverie, vision, trance, and meditation. Abundant evidence exists about the genesis, importance, and use of nonlogical discourse, but this evidence comes mainly from anthropologists, folklorists, psychologists, and mythographers. Many of these sources attribute nonlogical discourse to thought patterns of the primitive mind, hypothesizing that the creation of language and human religious impulses, both right hemispheric functions, complemented each other as cultures--and written expression--developed. Tribal initiation rites and naming are examples of how static, expressive discourse is used by people to satisfy their deities and the spirits of others. For primitive cultures, the sounds and noises of ceremonial, mythological, and religious actions are the basic language of life. Freud's research of dreams and the unconscious shows that the differences between the primitive and the modern mind may be found simply in the ratio of conscious to unconscious thought. Thus the composing process has nonlogical beginnings and developments; and studying the nonlogical forms of composing should help develop a better understanding of the modern composing process. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (30th, Minneapolis, MN, April 5-7, 1979)