Friday, March 9, 2012


Annotated Research

Question: What is the relationship between punctuation marks and auditory “imagery”?

Answer: “Found a relation between punctuation units (stretches of language between punctuation marks and the intonation units of speech, based in part on the auditory imagery of intonation, accents, and hesitation that both readers and writers experience.” W Chafe. 1988. P. 219.

Comment: Suggests that students internalize the “imagery” of intonation, accents and hesitation when reading aloud. Interesting. Can use as a basis for teaching punctuation. Might begin a unit on punctuation by having students read aloud, noting the punctuation in the material read. Remember that spoken essay by the pianist who was so funny, Victor Borge? He invented sounds of the various punctuation marks. RayS.

Title: “Annotated Bibliography of Research in the Teaching of English.” Ed. JD Marshall and RK Durst. Research in the Teaching of English (May 1989), 208-222.

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