The Psycholinguistics Of Readable Writing

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This book reviews research in linguistics, psychology, reading and writing, and brings this work to bear on the problem of readable writing. The research supports the theory that two factors in text are crucial to its readable quality: psycholinguistic redundancy and cohesion. The book also reports the results of three empirical studies and a case study that further illustrates this theory. The findings have important theoretical and practical implications because they shed light on the nature of reading and ...

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Overview

This book reviews research in linguistics, psychology, reading and writing, and brings this work to bear on the problem of readable writing. The research supports the theory that two factors in text are crucial to its readable quality: psycholinguistic redundancy and cohesion. The book also reports the results of three empirical studies and a case study that further illustrates this theory. The findings have important theoretical and practical implications because they shed light on the nature of reading and writing processes from both linguistic and psychological perspectives, and suggest practical approaches to the production and comprehension of readable writing. The book also draws on research in second language acquisition and is pertinent to readable writing in both first and second languages.

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Given the title, this is a surprisingly difficult to read text. But the difficulty is more a matter of the conventional writing style of researchers than of the author's abilities. Still, the text provides an excellent model for understanding how a writers can increase their chances of being understood. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Readable Writing 1
2 Relevant Research I: Linguistics 13
3 Relevant Research: Psychology and Psycholinguistics 23
4 Relevant Research III: Reading 39
5 Relevant Research IV: Writing 61
6 A Fresh Look at the Puzzle of Readable Writing 83
7 Empirical Studies: Redundancy I - Cloze Research 97
8 Empirical Studies: Redundancy II - Text Analysis Findings 109
9 Empirical Studies: Redundancy and Cohesion - Miscue Research 119
10 Case Studies with Professional Reader/Writers 133
11 Readable Writing and Critical Literacy 163
Appendix 1: All Passages in All Versions 167
Appendix 2: Cohesive Chain Analysis 181
Appendix 3: Case Study Materials 193
References 197
Author Index 205
Subject Index 208
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