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Wed Apr 28 2004

Books: Text Linguistics: Bazerman, Prior (Eds.)

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  1. susan.barker, What Writing Does And How It Does It: Bazerman, Prior (Eds.)

Message 1: What Writing Does And How It Does It: Bazerman, Prior (Eds.)

Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 11:38:09 -0400 (EDT)
From: susan.barker <>
Subject: What Writing Does And How It Does It: Bazerman, Prior (Eds.)

Title: What Writing Does And How It Does It
Subtitle: An Introduction to Analyzing Texts and Textual Practices
Publication Year: 2004			
Publisher:	Lawrence Erlbaum Associates	
Editor: Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara 
Editor: Paul Prior, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 

Hardback: ISBN: 0805838058, Pages: 376, Price: U.S. $: 79.95
Paperback: ISBN: 0805838066, Pages: 376, Price: U.S. $: 34.50

In What Writing Does and How It Does It, editors Charles Bazerman and
Paul Prior offer a sophisticated introduction to methods for
understanding, studying, and analyzing texts and writing
practices. This volume explores a variety of approaches to analyzing
texts, and considers the processes of writing, exploring textual
practices and their contexts, and examining what texts do and how
texts mean rather than what they mean. Included are traditional modes
of analysis (rhetorical, literary, linguistic), as well as newer
modes, such as text and talk, genre and activity analysis, and
intertextual analysis.

The chapters have been developed to provide answers to a specified set
of questions, with each one offering: *a preview of the chapter's
content and purpose; *an introduction to basic concepts, referring to
key theoretical and research studies in the area; *details on the
types of data and questions for which the analysis is best used;

*examples from a wide-ranging group of texts, including educational
materials, student writing, published literature, and online and
electronic media;

*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

The side-by-side comparison of methods allows the reader to see the
multi-dimensionality of writing, facilitating selection of the best
method for a particular research question.

The volume contributors are experts from linguistics, communication
studies, rhetoric, literary analysis, document design,
sociolinguistics, education, ethnography, and cultural psychology, and
each utilizes a specific mode of text analysis. With its broad range
of methodological examples, What Writing Does and How It Does It is a
unique and invaluable resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate
students and for researchers in education, composition, ESL and
applied linguistics, communication, L1 and L2 learning, print media,
and electronic media. It will also be useful in all social sciences
and humanities that place importance on texts and textual practices,
such as English, writing, and rhetoric.

Lingfield(s):	 Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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