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Cognitive Linguistic Explorations of Writing in the Classroom


Rod E. Case, Gwendolyn M. Williams and Peter Cobin

Research into the analysis of classroom-based writing is replete with techniques and methods meant to bring clarity to the question of how to best conduct instruction and assessment. Findings and suggestions for practice are rooted in a philosophy that asks teachers and linguists to judge students’ writing against a pre-determined standard. Too often, the results do little more than inform teachers and researchers as to which students met the standard and which did not.

This book offers research into the analysis of classroom writing that does not use a set standard or rubric to assess student writing but instead relies on insights from cognitive linguistics to explore the connections between cognition and language in student writing. The result is a creative and linguistically driven analysis of classroom writing that allows the linguist or teacher to view student writing on its own terms.

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Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics

Edited by

PROFESSOR GRAEME DAVIS, School of Humanities, University of Buckingham.

KARL A. BERNHARDT, Research Fellow in the Department of English, University of Buckingham, UK, and English Language Consultant with Trinity College, London.

This series provides an outlet for academic monographs which offer a recent and original contribution to linguistics and which are within the descriptive tradition.

While the monographs demonstrate their debt to contemporary linguistic thought, the series does not impose limitations in terms of methodology or genre, and does not support a particular linguistic school. Rather the series welcomes new and innovative research that contributes to furthering the understanding of the description of language.

The topics of the monographs are scholarly and represent the cutting edge for their particular fields, but are also accessible to researchers outside the specific disciplines.

Contemporary Studies in Descriptive Linguistics is based at the Department of English, University of Buckingham.

Vol.  1 Mark Garner: Language: An Ecological View.260 pages, 2004.ISBN 3-03910-054-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-6295-0

Vol.  2 T. Nyan: Meanings at the Text Level: A Co-Evolutionary Approach.194 pages, 2004.ISBN 3-03910-250-8 / US-ISBN 0-8204-7179-8

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