Text Coherence and Readability

Bonnie J.F. Meyer

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The goal of matching texts to readers can be aided by using readability formulas in concert with considering text, task, reader, and strategy variables. For example, signaling makes sentences longer and readability scores soar, but eases readability for readers employing the structure strategy and looking for such signals. Coherent texts are easier to understand. The top-level structure of a text and its clarity to readers, enhanced by signaling, are important factors to consider when matching readers with appropriate text materials. Examples of readers from grade 5 to retirement years demonstrate the importance of text structure as an aspect of readability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)204-224
Number of pages21
JournalTopics in Language Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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