ERIC Number: ED193691
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship between Written Coherence and Thinking.
Goldstein, Elizabeth Odoroff
It was hypothesized that writers of sentence pairs with clear relationships would have better recall of second sentences than would writers of sentence pairs with unclear relationships. Clear connections between sentences in sentence pairs were defined as those sentences in which the language of the first sentence was explicitly picked up in the second sentence to fulfill a "given/new" contract. In each of ten papers used in the study, three pairs of connected sentences were selected that honored the given/new contract, as were two pairs of unconnected sentences violating the given/new framework. The central task in the study was for the writers of the term papers to try to remember the second sentence in each pair. Analyses showed that the ten writers tended to remember the second sentence of pairs with clear connections, but not the second sentence of pairs with unclear connections. Writers whose sentences were usually clearly connected had a better memory for clear connections than for unclear connections. Thus, the research demonstrated relationships between the structure of a writer's language and memory for that language, supporting the idea that the nature of the connections between sentences may be closely linked to the thinking processes of the writer. (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the New York College English Association (Saratoga Springs, NY, October 3-4, 1980).