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Like dancers following each other's steps: an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences

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dc.contributor.advisor Townsend, Martha en
dc.contributor.author Robideaux, Sharon en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T18:43:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T18:43:34Z
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007 Summer en
dc.identifier.other RobideauxS-072707-D8317 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4844
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file (viewed on December 12, 2007) en_US
dc.description Vita. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- English. en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2007. en_US
dc.description.abstract This empirical study examines the role of lexical priming in first-year college student writers' abilities to consider multiple audiences. The writing topic assigned to all 165 first-year students is identical except for the audience: one-third of the students wrote a persuasive letter to an authority figure; one-third wrote a persuasive letter to a close friend; and one-third were not given an audience assignment, but were instructed to write a persuasive essay. Their responses were analyzed for evidence of Audience-Sensitivity Traits and of lexical priming, i.e., phonological strings that can indicate awareness of audience, a theory based on work by Michael Hoey and David Kaufer and colleagues. Although some specific variables yielded inconclusive results, overall, it can be concluded that student writers effectively "primed" their readers to read as the writers directed, that they effectively used lexical priming to write within assigned genres, and that most of the writers did not display overt egocentrism. These results also confirm hypotheses regarding audience intimacy behavior such as those proposed by Bracewell, Scardamalia, and Bereiter; Barry Kroll; and Vincent Puma. Further, this study furnishes evidence of the usefulness of computerized text-tagging software (DocuScope®) to aid the rhetorician in textual analysis, even as it exposes some problems with such software. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2007 Freely available dissertations (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Persuasion (Rhetoric) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Writing -- Ability testing en_US
dc.subject.lcsh College students' writings en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Lexical phonology en_US
dc.title Like dancers following each other's steps: an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline English en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name Ph. D. en_US
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b61519595 en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 183440954 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Dissertations. 2007 Dissertations


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