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ERIC Number: ED338060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 14
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The Major Concerns of Textlinguistics and Their Relevance to the Teaching of Writing.
Xu, George Q.
Text linguistics, a recent development in the study of language, moves the focus of inquiry from the sentence to the text and examines texts as acts of communication rather than individual, static sentences. It investigates textuality rather than grammaticality, the relationships between sentences and between text and context that make text coherent rather than the relationships within a sentence that make it grammatical. A distinctive feature of text linguistics is its procedural approach to language study, treating texts as outcomes of an array of interactive operations between producer, receiver, text, and context. Another important feature is the integrative treatment of the standards of textuality. Texts are studied as part of a dynamic process of interaction between text and context. On this point, text linguistics and contemporary composition theory are moving closer to each other. Text linguists have used findings of composition research to enrich their understanding of the text, and composition teachers would benefit from the work of text linguists in the teaching of writing. A 14-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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