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EVOLUTION OF A TOPIC

Task

My Idea

Questions to Ask Myself

My possible topic

 

(What experiences have I had with language?)

Too broad--list types

 

(How might I break this down into types of dialects? What dialects do I know?)

Still too broad-- Make selection.

 

(Which of these interests me most? Which one do I have the most personal connection with?)

Define/list types

 

(What are the different kinds of New England accents that I can think of?)

Still too broad/ Make selection

 

(Which one do I have the most personal connection to? Which one might be the most interesting?)

Define/List components

 

(What makes up Vermontese?)

What do these indicate?

 

(Make historical/social connections--source, cause/effect.)

OR: How do I feel about this? What is my connection?

 

(Make personal connections.)

Other connections I can bring in?

(Make comparison/contrasts.)

Where do I see a contradiction?

 

(How does this contradict some other idea I have?)

 

Possible thesis/themes:

 

 

 

  

OR

 

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