Contrastive Rhetoric: Cross-Cultural Aspects of Second Language Writing

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 26, 1996 - Education - 201 pages
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This volume explores the field of contrastive rhetoric, the study of how a person's first language and culture influence his or her writing in a second language. It presents a comprehensive view of the research in this field, emphasizing the connections between contrastive rhetoric and the related disciplines of composition studies, cultural anthropology, translation studies, and text linguistics. Connor draws on this research to provide sound advice for dealing with cross-cultural issues in a variety of second language writing contexts. Her goal is to make teachers aware of the many factors influencing their students' attempts to compose effective texts and to help teachers draw on the resources individual learners bring to the writing task. It is a solid reference for researchers and teachers in the field of second language writing.
 

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Contents

Toward an extended definition of contrastive rhetoric
3
Contrastive rhetoric studies in applied linguistics
12
from Kaplans
28
Contrastive rhetoric and the field of rhetoric
59
Contrastive rhetoric and text linguistics
80
Writing as an activity embedded in a culture
100
Contrastive rhetoric and translation studies
117
Genrespecific studies in contrastive rhetoric
126
Methods of research in contrastive rhetoric
153
Implications and research directions
166
References
175
Author index
195
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