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ERIC Number: ED202024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 37
Abstractor: N/A
The Effect of Syntactic Complexity on Writing Quality: A Review of Research.
Crowhurst, Marion
Research on the relationship between syntactic complexity and quality of written composition was reviewed to test the assumption that these two concepts are positively related. The studies reviewed, which have appeared during the past 15 years, fall into two broad categories: (1) intervention studies designed to increase syntactic complexity and to examine the effect of such increases on the quality of written composition, and (2) a set of diverse studies on the proposed relationship between syntactic complexity and writing quality. Based on the literature review, two conclusions were offered concerning the complexity-quality relationship. First, neither T-unit length nor clause length is a good predictor of writing quality. Second, although sentence-combining studies sometimes seem to improve writing quality, the improvement is probably due to factors other than increases in T-unit and clause length. (RL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A