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ERIC Number: EJ824639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1945-3248
Stasis Theory and Paleontology Discourse
Northcut, Kathryn M.
Writing Instructor, Sep 2007
Stasis theory is a powerful tool for rhetorical analysis, recently under fresh consideration by rhetorical theorists (e.g. Gross) and scholars who identify its utility in the writing classroom (e.g. Carroll). In this study, the author applies stasis theory to a paleontological argument involving a controversial fossil, "Protoavis texensis." Discourse related to the controversy is examined under the lens of the "staseis," and the application of stasis theory to visual components of argumentative texts associated with scientific communication is explored. This study applies stasis theory to science discourse based on the work of Lawrence Prelli; Frans van Eemeren, Rob Grootendorst, and Francisca Snoeck Henkemans; Mark Turner; Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secor; and others. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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