Readers, Writers, and Texts - Coggle Diagram
Readers, Writers, and Texts
Why and how do we study language and literature?
Informally: through reading, being part of a society (e.g. learning about dialects)
Helps us function as a society, offers more opportunities to individuals and groups
Formally: part of educational system
Gain understanding of wide variety of topics, including history, human behavior, science, etc.
How are we affected by texts in various ways?
Attaining knowledge often subconsciously (such as vocabulary)
reading and analysis has biological affect on wiring of brain (due to neuroplasticity)
Texts often have varying degrees of pathos, ethos, and logos intertwined within them. Depending on the construction of the text and its personal meaning to us, we respond differently to having read/engaged with it
In what ways is meaning constructed, negotiated, expressed, or interpreted?
Often used format: opposing views are presented and evidence is provided for each side
Authors and readers' biases influence interpretation of text and reaction towards it
How does language use vary amongst text types and amongst literary forms?
Different text types include different types of language, and to varying degrees. However, they can all be influential. For instance, an hour long speech may be as influential in getting a message across as a graffiti work (such as that of Banksy). The effectiveness of language largely depends on its appropriateness to the context of the situation and the structure of the work.
How does structure or style of text influence meaning?
Structure and style influence meaning as they also influences: the type of audience (e.g. an instagram post will likely have a different audience than a dissertation), whether informal or formal language is used, and the perception of the intent of the author
How do texts offer insights and challenges?
often written with intent to provoke or stimulate a debate/ present an opposing view
can offer insights by analyzing the past and predicting the future without directly placing blame on an individual (makes the reader more willing to accept and reflect on a possible future)
passively (when the effect is subconscious) and actively