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Modeling, scaling and sequencing writing phases of Swiss television journalists

Fürer, Mathias (2017). Modeling, scaling and sequencing writing phases of Swiss television journalists. (Thesis). Universität Bern, Bern

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Writing phases – defined as identifiable temporal procedural units with typical dominant writing actions such as formulating or source reading – have long been conceived fundamental for the success of writing processes. However, the methodology for an objectively verifiable analysis of the nature and interplay of writing phases has not yet been developed. Also, most of the current scientific concepts of writing phases are based on introspection, single case studies or experimental research designs. This thesis drew on one of the most extensive data collections of writing processes in natural settings: Over 120 multimodal writing processes of Swiss television journalists were recorded, annotated and merged into one dataset. Since the data was collected in an ethnographic research framework, writing activities such as insertions or deletions could be related to background conditions such as the writing environment, the writing task and the experience of the writers. In a first methodological step, the writing processes were coded qualitatively, and writing phases on different scales and timeframes were identified. Based on the time series format of the data, statistical models of scalable writing phases were developed in a second step, which enabled automated detection of writing phases in the corpus in a third step. In a fourth step, the effect of sequences of writing phases on writing processes and products was investigated. As a result, phases and their sequence in natural writing processes were described and explained, which contributes to both theoretical and practical endeavors of applied linguistics. From a theoretical perspective, the concept of the writing phase and its relation to writing practices were clarified and refined on a strong empirical basis. From a practical perspective, the thesis provides tools for the process oriented, domain specific teaching of writing.

Item Type: Thesis
Dissertation Type: Single
Date of Defense: 20 October 2017
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
Institute / Center: 06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics
Depositing User: Hammer Igor
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 10:50
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 10:50

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