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Discourse Organization in the Comprehension of Narrative Texts. Technical Report No. 428 [microform] / Keisuke Ohtsuka and William F. Brewer
Bib ID 5490907
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
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Ohtsuka, Keisuke
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1988 
20 p. 
Summary

Using experimental narratives in which discourse order and event order were not confounded, a study investigated the role of global discourse organization on the comprehension of narrative texts. Subjects, 100 college students, listened to tape recorded passages representing five types of discourse organization: canonical, backward, flashback, embedded, and flashforward. Passages consisted of an underlying event sequence, and used a narrative text with different discourse organizations which violated different principles. After listening to the passage twice, subjects answered 20 true-false comprehension questions about the order of events in the underlying even sequences of the passage. Results showed strong effects of global narrative organization on discourse comprehension, and supported the four principles of discourse organization as applied to narrative text: the immediate integration principle, the consistency principle, the completeness principle, and the isomorphism principle. (The five experimental passages and 40 references are appended.) (MM)

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Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.

Contract Number: OEG-0087-C1001.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Discourse Analysis.  |  Discourse Modes.  |  Higher Education.  |  Narration.  |  Reading Comprehension.  |  Reading Research.  |  Recall (Psychology)  |  Discourse Organization Narrative Text  |  Linear Ordering Reading Accuracy Text Factors
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Brewer, William F., author  |  Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for the Study of Reading  |  Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA
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