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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Measuring Maturity
Measuring maturity
Maturity in Writing

The words mature and maturity are often used in discussions of how writing develops; for example, ‘maturity of sentence structures’ (Perera, 1984: 3), ‘maturity as a writer’ (Perera, 1986: 497), ‘mature levels of language skill’ (Harpin, 1976: 59), ‘more mature use of syntax’ (Weaver, 1996: 124, quoting Hunt, 1965). The assumption in this research is that a writer's language ‘matures’ as a tool for expressing ideas that presumably mature along a separate route and to at least some extent independently. Moreover, since language consists of objective patterns such as words, clauses, and so on, it is assumed that the ‘linguistic maturity’ of a piece of writing (or speech) can be measured in terms of the patterns that it contains. The ...

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