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ERIC Number: EJ1159664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
The Linguistic Memory of Composition and the Rhetoric and Composition PhD: Forgetting (and Remembering) Language and Language Difference in Doctoral Curricula
Kilfoil, Carrie Byars
Composition Studies, v45 n2 p130-150 Fall 2017
This article analyzes the decline of linguistics in rhetoric and composition PhD programs in terms of the "linguistic memory" (Trimbur) of composition. Since the field of linguistics once offered the primary means for composition to address the structural, psychological, sociohistorical, and cultural dimensions of language in student writing, the loss of linguistics courses and requirements in graduate curricula can be interpreted as a "forgetting" that language issues are, and always have been, central to writing teaching and research in linguistically diverse institutions. To help composition remember its commitments to language in light of the multiple languages and language varieties spoken and written in U.S. universities, as well as in the increasingly global contexts of writing pedagogy and scholarship, this article suggests that graduate programs reincorporate insights from linguistics and take other steps to foreground matters of language and language difference in their curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky (Louisville); Ohio
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