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ERIC Number: ED179967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Developing Style through Clause Analysis: A Linguistic Approach to Composition.
Horodowich, Peggy Maki
Since clauses are the largest functional components of a sentence, their analysis can increase attention to sentence structure and stylistic variation. Students can learn to distinguish main clause types by naming the verb forms used (transitive, intransitive, equational, and passive). Once students have mastered the recognition of main clauses, they are ready for the next stylistic level, identifying both the form and function of dependent clauses. Discussion of the subordination process leads to consideration of two other important stylistic options, sentence complexity (the ratio of dependent clauses per main clause) and sentence length (the number of clauses per sentence). After analyzing and experimenting with main and dependent clauses, writing students are ready to analyze prose passages written by exemplary writers, peers, and themselves. This focuses attention on similar stylistic options. Illustrative analyses of prose written by F. Scott Fitzgerald and by college students show that writing students develop a strong sense of verb choice and sentence structure variability through the clause analysis process. They also learn the necessity of evaluating their writing style with each draft that they compose. (RL)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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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)