ERIC Number: ED198530
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Developing Stylistic Awareness on the Computer: A Tagmemic Approach.
Horodowich, Peggy Maki
The format of the Instruction Dialogue Author Facility (IDAF) computer program has been applied to teaching clause analysis in college writing classes. The IDAF program exercises a great deal of control over a writing student's progression through lessons. Each of the writing lessons consists of one or more exchanges between the instructor and the student. The IDAF program also stores statistics on individual lessons and permits instructors to revise lessons or to append materials for students with special needs. The format of the lessons is clause analysis, reflecting theory and practice related to tagmemic analysis. To encourage the composition process on the computer, students are asked to make use of subordinators to create complex and compound-complex sentences. Through this clause analysis approach to writing, students understand the options they have in creating their writing styles, options ranging from the centrality of the verb to the structure of information in cumulative or periodic sentence structures. Further, these students begin to see how to expand informational content by yoking closely related thoughts together by adding words or clauses that modify, explain, describe, or add details to propositions. (Appendixes provide examples from the lessons in the program.) (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association (21st, Indianapolis, IN, November 8-10, 1979).