International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Paragraph Inner Structure: The Step Model
Rasheed S. Al-Jarrah, Marwan A. Jarrah, Yazeed M. Hammouri

All incorporated in what we prefer to call the STEP MODEL, this paper aims at reporting the main correlations between several factors affecting the inner structure of a paragraph. This model, the argument goes, reveals the underlying linguistic bonds between the topic sentence, explaining sentences, discourse makers, etc. and what they result in, for example, length of paragraph and harmony of the idea involved. In addition, it provides the newborn main mechanisms adopted in processing the paragraph. It pretends that heaviness of topic sentence, astray hood of explaining sentences, and the critical point all work in tandem to control paragraph structuring and lengthening. This study comes out of certain tangible findings including that the process of building a paragraph is not governed by stylistic components or cohesive or coherent factors. Rather, they are fully related to the idea involved, taking its maturity into account.

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