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442. Reading Aloud to Revise: Exploring the Role of Intonation in Silent Written Language

Thursday, 5 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Fairfax B, Sheraton

A special session

Presiding: Peter Elbow, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst

For two chapters from Elbow's recent book, write to

Session Description:

Reading aloud to revise is a celebrated practice, but it is too little taught as a concrete skill and too little analyzed from a linguistic point of view. In this workshop, participants will explore this valuable teaching technique. We will work on sample passages by reading them aloud with attention to rhythm and sound and will analyze the linguistics of intonation to show why the tongue is a reliable guide to strong clear prose.


  • Teaching – General

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