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Dialogic Discourse Analysis of Revision in Response Groups

Martin Nystrand

ABSTRACT  

This chapter presents an empirical method for analyzing discourse conceived dialogically as a phenomenal event unfolding in time. Dialogic discourse analysis offers the powerful capability of examining both oral and written language within a common framework, and investigating their relationships and effects on each other. The chapter begins with a review of dialogic premises. Then it moves to the analysis of a response group interaction as it affects the writing development if a college freshman at a large Midwestern public university. It concludes by examining implications of this approach for the analysis of discourse and research on revision.

* Chapter 16 in Discourse Studies in Composition, Ellen Barton and Gail Stygall, Eds., Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2001.

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