Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing - Iain McGee

Wrapping up the Paragraph

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.


The last chapter draws together the key themes of the book. The author suggests that none of the existing attempts to understand the paragraph and paragraphing are adequate. The author provides three definitions of the paragraph (from textual, reader, and writer perspectives), and puts forward a novel descriptivist pedagogy of paragraphing which is in accord with the current state-of-the-art knowledge of the paragraph. The author also reviews some of the relevant contrastive rhetorical work, and the possible role of culture and disciplinary effects on paragraphing practices in different languages. The book closes with a series of suggestions for further research into the paragraph and paragraphing, and by explaining how this research can help address current gaps in our knowledge. The author concludes by arguing that a key concept which must be introduced into our thinking of the paragraph and paragraphing is the word potential. It is suggested that an effective paragraphing pedagogy must place potential at its heart.

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McGee, Iain. Wrapping up the Paragraph. Understanding the Paragraph and Paragraphing. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 335-377 Jan 2018. ISBN 9781781792872. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=33985. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.33985. Jan 2018

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