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How Students Write

A Linguistic Analysis

Laura Louise Aull (author)

ISBN: 9781603294522

Publication Date: May 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Analyses sentence-level patterns in student writing to develop an understanding of how students present evidence, draw connections between ideas, relate to their readers, and, ultimately, learn to construct knowledge in their writing.
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Broad generalizations about "people today" are a familiar feature of first-year student writing. How Students Write brings a fresh perspective to this perennial observation, using corpus linguistics techniques. This study analyzes sentence-level patterns in student writing to develop an understanding of how students present evidence, draw connections between ideas, relate to their readers, and, ultimately, learn to construct knowledge in their writing.

Drawing on both first-year and upper-level student writing, the book examines the discourse of students at different points in their education. It also distinguishes between argumentative and analytic essays to explore the way school genres and assignments shape students' choices.

In focusing on sentence-level features such as hedges ("perhaps") and boosters ("definitely"), this study shows how such rhetorical choices work together to open or close opportunities for thoughtful exchanges of ideas. Attention to these features can help instructors foster civil discourse, design effective assignments, and expose and question norms of higher education.

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This book fills a critical gap in our understanding of how undergraduates and early-career graduate students develop as academic writers and, crucially, why their writing evolves the way it does." - Dylan B. Dryer, University of Maine
Pages 249
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2020
Publisher Modern Language Association
Subject/s linguistics   Study & learning skills: general   Writing & editing guides   Public speaking guides  

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