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The verbal mode is based upon the mapping between form and meaning established by the grammar and lexicon of a language. To have verbal control is to master the use of the language to encode and decode meaning.

In the first instance, verbal expression and verbal comprehension are based upon oral language skills. However, when these skills are specialized for literate discourse, they require greater awareness of and much more explicit control over the relationship between form and meaning than is usual in a conversational context.

Viewed interpretively, the verbal mode supports people's ability to parse and comprehend the sentences in a text. Viewed expressively, the verbal mode supports people's ability to find ways to phrase their intended meanings. Deliberation about parsing and phrasing is the essence of editing skill, which make it possible to think and communicate about the best ways to phrase the sentences in a text. In short, skilled readers and writers have mastered verbal strategies for expressing their intended meaning clearly and precisely.

Verbal Background Knowledge

Literature Note - Verbal (Syntactic - Semantic) Mode




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