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ERIC Number: ED400554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 9
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Transcending Conventional Boundaries in Academic Discourse.
Stephenson, Denise
Rather than having established forms available to pour things into, forms frequently need to be built from the ground up. Practically, it is simpler to use assembly line production for academic work, and most of academic writing is relatively linear objective prose. However, boundaries are being crossed in diverse disciplines by a number of scholars with a variety of agendas. One of the less common breaks with convention is fragmentation. For instance, multiple meanings can be created by deciding whether to read a fragment in relation to what came before or what follows. The computer has increased the ability to reduce the linearity of texts with hypertext, which allows the creation of links to several ideas at one time without privileging one aspect above another. Another of the most advanced changes in academic writing conventions is the inclusion of the personal voice and personal experience as evidence. Most writing that transgresses or transcends conventional boundaries is an amalgam of the classic essay and the academic article. (Examples illustrating the new styles are appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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