Academic journal article College Composition and Communication


Academic journal article College Composition and Communication


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Many students are familiar with the idea of voice in writing, especially given the prominence of voice as a criterion in high school writing tests. In some ways, the familiarity of this concept can be helpful since for many writers, creating a written voice through which to communicate with others is a useful way to think of writing. At the same time, writing involves more than writers expressing themselves through voice: as important, it entails creating a voice that others can access, engage with, and interpret. And not least, voice as a concept in writing refers as well to the conventions defining it-in genres, in discourse communities, and in different media.


Most writers compose in many voices-a formal voice for academic purposes, one tailored to the specific rhetorical situation, for example, and an informal voice to a friend, one likely filled with familiar expressions and slang. A goal for writers, then, is to develop several voices and use the appropriate voice for a given task. Moreover, with the multiple languages used by many students, voice is increasingly becoming translingual, reflecting a multiplicity of experiences and cultures.



Albertini, John A. …

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