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A Natural Way to Write

Princeton University Press Blog, June 24, 2011

4 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2011  

Francis-Noël Thomas

Harry S. Truman College

Mark B. Turner

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science

Date Written: June 24, 2011

Abstract

Traditional writing instruction tacitly assumes that writing is a normal human activity requiring no fundamental cognitive work. We begin by acknowledging the fact that writing is utterly alien to the human evolutionary endowment. There is, however, a species-wide, ancient behavior underlying writing. Cognitive scientists call it "joint attention," and we think it is the most sensible and practical place to begin learning to write.

Keywords: Writing, Joint Attention, Cognitive Science

Suggested Citation

Thomas, Francis-Noël and Turner, Mark B., A Natural Way to Write (June 24, 2011). Princeton University Press Blog, June 24, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1910266

Francis-Noël Thomas

Harry S. Truman College ( email )

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Chicago, IL 60640
United States

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Mark B. Turner (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Cognitive Science ( email )

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7068
United States

HOME PAGE: http://markturner.org

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