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What Is Good Writing?

Geoffrey Huck


There was a time when good writing would be defined simply by adverting to a few literary classics. That kind of strategy is less helpful these days, when so many different styles and voices are clamoring for attention. This book sets the terms for a contemporary debate on writing achievement by drawing on empirical research in linguistics and the other cognitive sciences that shed light on the development of fluency in language generally. The utility of defining good writing as fluent writing in this sense—on a par with the typical fluency in speech attained by normal adults—is demonstrated b ... More

Keywords: writing, composition, assessment, reading, fluency, language

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780190212957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Huck, author
Assistant Professor, York University