Sat. Mar 6th, 2021

Part of the title of this paper derives from the English expression to read between the lines’. The Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines the expression as ‘to find a meaning that is not expressed’. (Procter (ed.) 1978). This stage of the reading process presumes two other stages, one preceding it and the other succeeding. At the primary stage the reader concentrates on the lines of discourse, decoding the visual symbols in print and deriving surface level information or idea from them. Then with higher level of sophistication the reader reads ‘between the lines’, realizing ‘meaning that is not expressed’. At this level the reader in decoding the message, draws on the associations invoked by the words in syntactic and rhetorical structures, building blocks of meaning on his cognitive field. If his memory fails to provide insights from his cognitive field, the decoding process might fail to yield appropriate interpretation of the material being communicated in print. If that happens, comprehension would terminate with surface meaning because the reader fails to read between the lines.