The primary distinction between linear and nonlinear text is in their reading routes. A reader can make sense of a linear text by reading it consecutively from beginning to conclusion. The reading route in a nonlinear book, on the other hand, is nonlinear and non-sequential; consequently, the reader can pick his own reading path. This characteristic allows for greater freedom in how readers choose to explore a book.
Nonlinear text is common in books for children because it allows the writer to include more detail about subjects that might not be as interesting or important to adults. For example, a writer could discuss different animals in a zoo without worrying about confusing which animal is being talked about when another topic comes up in the text. This ability to cover a wide range of topics while still maintaining clarity and interest for the reader makes nonlinear text useful for education materials as well.
There are two types of nonlinearity: internal and external. In an internally nonlinear text, the various topics are connected by paragraphs or sections that show the relationship between them. These connections may be explicit, such as a section titled "How Animals Are Used in Science" with subheadings for each type of experiment, or they may be implied by sequence, such as the discussion of monkeys before humans because both are mammals. Internal nonlinearity is useful for helping readers understand complex concepts by breaking them down into simpler pieces.
Linear text is traditional text that must be read from beginning to end, whereas nonlinear text does not have to be read from beginning to end. Linear texts, as the name implies, are linear and sequential, whereas non-linear and non-sequence writings are not. For example, a newspaper article is a linear text because it can be read in order; however, an address list is a non-linear text because it cannot be read in order.
Non-linear texts may include:
• Annotated Bibles that allow readers to see different versions of the same story or text (for example, the King James Version and New King James Version). These books are considered non-linear because you can read them in any order but they still tell the same story.
• Biographies that discuss several people named "John Doe" or that tell the stories of various events without naming all those involved (for example, John Doe was a man who lived in a house built for him by another man). These books are also considered non-linear because you can read them in any order and learn about different people named "John Doe."
• Diaries that include entries written at different times without any order other than date. Each day's entry may cover a few minutes or an hour or even more! There is no limit to how long an entry can be.
Linear and sequential texts, as their names suggest, are linear and non-linear and non-sequential. It is possible to have linear non-sequential text as well as non-linear sequential text.
In other words, linear text is written in a way that can be read easily and understood completely from start to finish. Non-linear text is written in a way that cannot be read easily or understood completely from start to finish. For example, an essay is linear because it can be read easily and understood completely from start to finish; however, an article is non-linear because it cannot be read easily or understood completely from start to finish.
The most common type of linear text is the sentence. Sentences are sequence of words or phrases that tell a story or make a point. Sentences are the building blocks of speech and writing. Thus, sentences are important for communication!
There are three main types of sentences: descriptive, procedural, and categorical. These sentences show exactly what someone looks like based on physical characteristics such as hair color, style, length, and color of skin, eyes, and teeth.