Title

The context of blessing in the inner circle and outer circle writings

College

Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education

Department/Unit

Dept of English and Applied Linguistics

Document Type

Article

Source Title

American International Journal of Contemporary Research

Volume

3

Issue

11

First Page

91

Last Page

99

Publication Date

11-2013

Abstract

The study examined the differences in the writing patterns of the Inner and the Outer Circle writings that were suggested by Kaplan’s (1966) Contrastive Rhetoric. Using Thatcher’s (2004) shared context framework, as well as an adaptation of John’s (1997) Writer and Reader Sharing Knowledge of a Text Model, two inspirational non-fiction literatures were investigated for their use of the term blessing. Investigation proceeded using a three-step device of identifying the major and the minor points of both texts, citing the supporting details used in the Introduction, Elaboration and the Conclusion sections and, discussing how the Inner and the Outer Circle cultures impinge on their selection of supporting details in these three sections. Data showed the American writer examined exhibited three writing patterns different from their Indian-English counterpart. The study has considerable implications in the way educators teach and respond to the writing of their non-native learners

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Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education

Keywords

Rhetoric; Language and culture

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