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Rhetorical Grammar : Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects,9780205283057

Rhetorical Grammar : Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects

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3rd
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9780205283057

ISBN10:
0205283055
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Pub. Date:
8/1/1998
Publisher(s):
Prentice Hall
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Summary

Rhetorical Grammar is a writer's grammar a text that presents grammar as a rhetorical tool, avoiding the do's and don'ts so long associated with the study of grammar. It reveals to student writers the system of grammar that they know subconsciously and encourages them to use that knowledge to understand their choices as writers and the effects of those choices on their readers. Besides providing key strategies for revision, Rhetorical Grammar presents systematic discussions of reader expectation, sentence rhythm and cohesion, subordination and coordination, punctuation, modifiers, diction, and other principles. Studying grammar from this rhetorical point of view defines the study of language as an intellectual exercise designed to open up students' minds to the versatility, beauty, and possibilities of language.

Table of Contents

Preface viii
Introduction 1(4)
PART I Understanding Sentences 5(112)
Chapter 1 The Structure of Sentences
5(19)
The Two-Part Sentence
6(4)
Sentence Patterns
10(6)
The Be Patterns
11(1)
The Linking Verb Pattern
11(1)
The Intransitive Verb Pattern
12(1)
The Transitive Verb Patterns
12(4)
"Clause" and "Sentence"
16(1)
The Optional Slot
17(2)
A Word about Wordiness
19(1)
Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns
19(4)
Punctuation Reminder
23(1)
Chapter 2 Sentence Rhythm
24(16)
End Focus
26(2)
Controlling Rhythm
28(4)
The It-Cleft
29(1)
The What-Cleft
30(1)
The There-Transformation
30(2)
Rhythm and the Comma
32(3)
Power Words
35(4)
Correlative Conjunctions
36(1)
The Adverbials of Emphasis
37(2)
Rhetorical Reminders
39(1)
Punctuation Reminder
39(1)
Chapter 3 Cohesion
40(20)
Reader Expectation
41(2)
The Known-New Contract
43(6)
Metadiscourse
49(2)
Parallelism
51(3)
Repetition versus Redundancy
53(1)
Levels of Generality
54(4)
Rhetorical Reminders
58(1)
Punctuation Reminders
59(1)
Chapter 4 Your Personal Voice
60(17)
Diction
61(4)
Contractions
65(4)
Metadiscourse
69(2)
Point of View
71(4)
Rhetorical Reminders
75(1)
Punctuation Reminders
76(1)
Chapter 5 Long and Short Sentences
77(40)
Coordination
77(1)
Conjunctions
78(1)
Punctuation of Coordinate Structures
78(3)
Comma Splices and Run-On Sentences
81(4)
Parallel Structure
85(6)
Using and Effectively
85(4)
And versus But
89(2)
The Serial Comma
91(3)
The Correlative Conjunctions
94(4)
Subject-Verb Agreement
95(3)
Conjunctive Adverbs
98(2)
The Semicolon
100(2)
The Colon as Sentence Connector
102(3)
The Subordinating Conjunctions
105(7)
The Because-Clause Myth
107(1)
The Movability of Subordinate Clauses
108(1)
Punctuation of Subordinate Clauses
109(3)
Writing Short Sentences
112(3)
Rhetorical Reminders
115(1)
Punctuation Reminders
116(1)
PART II Making Choices 117(91)
Chapter 6 Choosing Verbs
117(20)
Choosing Precise Verbs
118(2)
The Overuse of Be
120(2)
Verbs and Grammar
122(12)
Tense
122(3)
Agency
125(1)
The Passive Voice
126(8)
The Abstract Subject
134(2)
Rhetorical Reminders
136(1)
Chapter 7 Choosing Adverbials
137(17)
The Prepositional Phrase
139(4)
The Proliferating Prepositional Phrase
140(3)
The Subordinate Clause
143(5)
Elliptical Subordinate Clauses
143(5)
Infinitive (Verb) Phrases
148(1)
Movability and Closure
149(2)
The Qualifiers
151(2)
Rhetorical Reminders
153(1)
Punctuation Reminders
153(1)
Chapter 8 Choosing Adjectivals
154(29)
Determiners
155(2)
Adjectives and Nouns
157(4)
Modifier Noun Proliferation
158(2)
The Movable Adjective Phrase
160(1)
Prepositional Phrases
161(1)
Participal Phrases
162(7)
Punctuation of Participial Phrases
163(3)
The Movable Participle
166(1)
The Dangling Participle
167(2)
The Prenoun Participle
169(1)
Relative Clauses
169(5)
The Relatives
170(1)
Punctuation of Relative Clauses
171(3)
The Broad-Reference Clause
174(2)
Other Nominals
176(4)
Verb Phrases
176(2)
Nominal Clauses
178(2)
Punctuation Revisited
180(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
181(1)
Punctuation Reminders
182(1)
Chapter 9 Making Stylistic Choices
183(25)
The Coordinate Series
184(1)
Repetition
185(2)
Word-Order Variation
187(2)
Ellipsis
189(1)
The Deliberate Fragment
190(1)
The Appositive
191(8)
The Introductory Appositive Series
193(1)
Restrictive versus Nonrestrictive Appositives
194(1)
The Colon with Appositives
195(1)
Avoiding Punctuation Errors
196(1)
The Sentence Appositive
197(2)
The Absolute Phrase
199(8)
Rhetorical Reminders
207(1)
Punctuation Reminder
207(1)
PART III A Way with Words 208(41)
Chapter 10 Word Classes
208(21)
Lexical Rules
209(4)
Semantic Features
213(1)
Figurative Language
214(1)
Parts of Speech
215(2)
The Form Classes
217(11)
Nouns
217(5)
Verbs
222(1)
Adjectives
223(1)
Adverbs
224(1)
Derivational Affixes
225(3)
Rhetorical Reminders
228(1)
Punctuation Reminder
228(1)
Chapter 11 Pronouns
229(20)
Personal Pronouns
229(7)
The Missing Pronoun
230(5)
We and Us as Determiners
235(1)
Personal Pronoun Errors
236(5)
Case
236(2)
The Unwanted Apostrophe
238(1)
The Ambiguous Antecedent
239(1)
The Vague Antecedent
239(2)
Reflexive Pronouns
241(1)
Intensive Reflexive Pronouns
241(1)
Reciprocal Pronouns
242(1)
Demonstrative Pronouns
242(2)
Indefinite Pronouns
244(3)
The Everyone/Their Issue
245(2)
Rhetorical Reminders
247(1)
Punctuation Reminder
248(1)
PART IV Punctuation 249(11)
Chapter 12 Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects
249(11)
The Purposes of Punctuation Marks
250(2)
Syntax
250(1)
Prosody
251(1)
Semantics
251(1)
The Hierarchy of Punctuation
252(3)
The Rhetorical Effects of Punctuation
255(5)
Glossary of Punctuation 260(10)
Glossary of Terms 270(9)
Bibliography 279(2)
Answers to the Exercises 281(8)
Index 289


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