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ERIC Number: ED359760
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Articulation of Relational Propositions: A Tool for Identifying an Aspect of Text Comprehension.
Tirkkonen-Condit, Sonja
Readers' ability to identify and accept relational propositions (RPs) in a text may influence their judgments of text coherence. Types of text comprehension were defined in two ways: (1) according to whether an RP was immediately identifiable, identifiable after further reading, or not identifiable; and (2) according to whether the proposition was judged to be acceptable. Using a sample text (an editorial) RPs were identified, articulated into statements, and inserted into the text. This showed that the sample text would probably manifest a high degree of coherence to its readers in that its dominant rhetorical relations would be relatively identifiable, with their acceptability depending on the readers' beliefs and values. Dominant rhetorical relations in the sample text were unsignalled, left for readers to infer. It is suggested that by virtue of their schematic knowledge of editorials, readers have fairly specific expectations about dominant rhetorical relations. (JP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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