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What writing does and how it does it : an introduction to analyzing texts and textual practices / edited by Charles Bazerman, Paul Prior.


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Mahwah, N.J. : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2004.
  • Book
  • vi, 365 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 341-356) and indexes.
  • Part 1 Analysing texts: content analysis - what texts talk about, T. Huckin-- poetics and narrativity - how texts tell stories, P. Eubanks-- linguistic discourse analysis - how the language in texts works, E. Barton-- intertextuality - how texts rely on other texts, C. Bazerman-- code-shifting and second language writing - how multiple codes are combined in a text, M.Z. Buell-- the multiple media of texts - how onscreen and paper texts incorporate words, images and other media, A.E. Wysocki. Part 2 Analysing textual practices: tracing process - how texts come into being, P. Prior-- speaking and writing - how talk and text interact in situated practices, K. Leander and P. Prior-- children's writing - how textual forms, contextual forms and textual politics co-emerge, G. Kamberelis and L. de la Luna-- rhetorical analysis - understanding how texts persuade readers, J. Selzer-- speech acts, genres and activity systems - how texts organize activity and people, C. Bazerman.
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Publisher's Summary:
Introducing textual analysis as it applies to composition research, this volume is divided into two parts - Part 1 focuses on the various approaches to analyzing texts and Part 2 turns more explicitly to considering the processes of writing, exploring textual practices and their contexts, and examining what writing does. Each chapter has been structured to provide answers to a specified set of questions, and includes: a preview of the chapter's content and purpose; details on the types of data and questions for which the analysis is best used; an introduction to basic concepts, referring to key theoretical and research studies in the area; examples from educational materials, student writing and other texts; one or more applied analyses, with a clear statement of procedures for analysis and illustrations of a particular sample of data; and a brief summary, suggestions for additional readings, and a set of activities. This work is appropriate for courses on text analysis and composition research methods, and should prove useful to researchers performing text analysis.
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Bazerman, Charles.
Prior, Paul A.

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