Thursday, October 14, 2004

Stale Art

On my mind--Emig citing Jakobovits.  Any guesses when Jakobovits likened composition to stale art?:

The linguist Leon A. Jakobovits suggests that "stale art" is algorithmic--that is, it is produced by a known algorithm, "defined as a computational device that specifies the order and nature of the steps to be followed in the generation of a sequence." One could say that the major kind of essay too many students have been taught to write in American schools is algorithmic, or so mechanical that a computer could readily be programmed to produce it: when a student is hurried or anxious, he simply reverts or regresses to the only program he knows, as if inserting a single card into his brain.

From Janet Emig's "Lynn: Profile of a Twelfth-Grade Writer."

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Posted by: collin at October 15, 2004 1:19 AM

What ever happened to stylometrics? [Shuffling through papers].

Posted by: Derek at October 15, 2004 3:25 PM

Emig's book had great influence on me when I read it circa 1978. She helped me to see the importance of looking carefully at what each student is writing and responding to that person, not some construct of what I think the paper should look like.

Posted by: John at October 15, 2004 7:40 PM