Wednesday, November 19, 2008

barriers to coherence

Inability to write sentences stems not from the writer's lack of subject matter (everyone is the repository of an infinitude of subject matter), but from his not knowing how to get the subject matter into structures. The problem at levels beyond the sentence is, I think, exactly the same.
--W. Ross Winterowd, "The Grammar of Coherence" (1970), in Contemporary Rhetoric 225, 233 (W. Ross Winterowd ed., 1975).
After editing a group research paper for my HCom class, I've got to agree.

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