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ERIC Number: ED474072
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 17
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Writing for the Addressee.
Schindler, Kirsten
Individuals mostly write texts which are directed to other persons, the readers. Even though individuals cannot rely on immediate reactions, as in spoken dialogue, they are nevertheless able to communicate successfully with them. A writing experiment focused on the role of the addressee in the writing process. Writers grouped in pairs were asked to write different types of texts (applications, refusals, and computer manuals) together that varied according to the intended audience. The three tasks were chosen because they represent different requirements for the writers since they create different writer-audience relationships and establish different discourse communities. The writers were advanced students and PhD students of Bielefeld University (Germany). The interactions in these collaborative writing groups were taped on video, transcribed, and analyzed; the focus in this paper is on writing computer manuals. One result that can be deduced from the empirical data is that writers use different techniques to construct an image of their addressee. Which technique they use depends on the writer but also on the respective writing problem in which the reference to the addressee is embedded. Includes 2 tables. Contains a 26-item bibliography. (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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