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ERIC Number: EJ1140625
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
Sensing the Sentence: An Embodied Simulation Approach to Rhetorical Grammar
Rule, Hannah J.
Composition Studies, v45 n1 p19-38 Spr 2017
This article applies the neuroscientific concept of embodied simulation--the process of understanding language through visual, motor, and spatial modalities of the body--to rhetorical grammar and sentence-style pedagogies. Embodied simulation invigorates rhetorical grammar instruction by attuning writers to the felt effects of written language, prioritizing how syntactical structures move, look, and adjust meaning in fine-tuned ways. Simulation methods thus help ease a central concern of writing teachers: they bridge the gap between "knowing about" grammar and "knowing how to do" grammar. Embodied simulation research, when partnered with insights in embodied composition and disability studies, contributes to composition pedagogy an accessible, dynamic means of addressing the local in our students' writing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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