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ERIC Number: ED318032
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Mar-24
Pages: 16
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Errors as Discourse of an Other.
Mullin, Anne E.
Viewing language as both presentational and representational, or as having both manifest and latent content, can help writing instructors and student writers appreciate its full function and better understand the nature of writing errors. This essential duality of language usage is seen by its functions consisting of unconscious (primary process) and conscious (secondary process), both symbol and symbolized, both revealing and concealing. Apparent mistakes in the formal elements and content may have below-the-surface relationships brought about by uncertainty, conflict, defensiveness, and attendant affect. It is essential for the writer to undergo the transforming experience of seeing his or her other hitherto interior thoughts, aspects of self, exteriorized in writing as Other. By reading a person's own writing for what it says--with its gaps, brisures/articulations/joints, its absences and its presences, its movement along a signifying chain--it is possible for the writer to discover and appreciate this discourse of the Other and incorporate it into an expanded discourse--a discourse of a "Subject Who Knows More," or who comes closer to the full word. (Samples of student writing are included for discussion.) (KEH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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