Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Teaching and Learning Paragraphing (I): The Late 19th Century

Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Iain McGee [+-]
Majan University College
Iain McGee is an Associate Professor and Head of the Faculty of English Language Studies at Majan University College, Muscat, Oman. He completed his PhD from Cardiff University, UK, in 2006, and has published research in a number of areas within applied linguistics including collocation and the mental lexicon, lexical cohesion, data-driven learning and lexicography, teacher cognition, and paragraph analysis.

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In this chapter, an overview and critical analysis of the work of 19th century educators and rhetoricians on paragraphing is provided. The author focuses on the terminology employed by these scholars (specifically unity, mass, and coherence, and variants of these) and documents how these terms have been variously understood and applied. Criticism of the value of terminology is considered alongside arguments in favor of using terminology to help learner-writers in both process and product approaches to teaching and understanding paragraphing. A number of overlooked aspects of paragraph thought from this era are also brought to light, and the implications of the selective filtering of this scholarship for future generations are considered.

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McGee, Iain. Teaching and Learning Paragraphing (I): The Late 19th Century. Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 73-109 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781792872. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27367. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27367. Jan 2018

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