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It's Not an Error, It's a Tool: Comma Splices in First-Year College Writing

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Writing teachers are conficted about comma splices: they and other academic readers routinely categorize a splice as a serious error, yet we also recognize that “real” writing frequently includes this “error” in otherwise unobjectionable prose. In fact, FYW students typically produce comma splices not randomly but with specifc rhetorical intentions. This session will examine the rhetoric of comma splices—how we talk about them and how students actually use them—and suggests ways we can help students master this rhetorically charged comma use.

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It's Not an Error, It's a Tool: Comma Splices in First-Year College Writing

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Writing teachers are conficted about comma splices: they and other academic readers routinely categorize a splice as a serious error, yet we also recognize that “real” writing frequently includes this “error” in otherwise unobjectionable prose. In fact, FYW students typically produce comma splices not randomly but with specifc rhetorical intentions. This session will examine the rhetoric of comma splices—how we talk about them and how students actually use them—and suggests ways we can help students master this rhetorically charged comma use.