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Rhetorical Grammar : Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects,9780321397232

Rhetorical Grammar : Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects

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9780321397232

ISBN10:
0321397231
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Pub. Date:
1/1/2010
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Summary

This detailed guide encourages writers to recognize and use the grammatical and stylistic choices available to them and to understand the rhetorical effects those choices can have on their readers. Helps to improve writing style. 1. The Structure of Sentences. 2. The Basic Sentences in Prose 3. Coordination 4. Cohesion 5. Sentence Rhythm. 6. The Writer's Voice. 7. Choosing Verbs. 8. Choosing Adverbials. 9. Choosing Adjectivals. 10. Choosing Stylistic Variations. 11. Word Classes. 12. Pronouns. 13. Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects. Anyone interested in improving their writing style.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xiv
Introduction 1(4)
PART I Understanding Basic Sentences
Chapter 1 The Structure of Sentences
5(22)
Chapter Preview
5(1)
The Two-Part Sentence
5(4)
Questions and Commands
9(1)
The Expanded Verb
9(2)
Sentence Patterns
11(7)
The Be Patterns
12(1)
The Linking Verb Pattern
12(1)
The Intransitive Verb Pattern
13(1)
The Basic Transitive Verb Pattern
14(1)
Transitive Patterns with Two Complements
15(2)
Sentence Pattern Summary
17(1)
The Optional Slot
18(2)
The Passive Voice
20(3)
"Clause" and "Sentence"
23(2)
Punctuation and the Sentence Patterns
25(1)
Key Terms
26(1)
Punctuation Reminder
26(1)
Chapter 2 The Basic Sentences in Prose
27(10)
Chapter Preview
27(1)
Topic Sentences
27(4)
Paragraph Openers
28(1)
Internal Topic Sentences
28(3)
Special Effects
31(2)
The Short Paragraph
33(1)
A Sentence Survey
34(2)
Key Terms
36(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
36(1)
Chapter 3 Coordination
37(26)
Chapter Preview
37(1)
Coordination within the Sentence
38(8)
And versus But
39(1)
Coordination with Correlative Conjunctions
40(2)
Coordination of the Series
42(2)
Subject—Verb Agreement
44(2)
Compound Sentences
46(9)
Connecting Sentence Patterns
46(4)
Conjunctive Adverbs
50(2)
Compound Sentences with Semicolons
52(1)
Compound Sentences with Colons
53(2)
The Compound Sentence: Punctuation Review
55(3)
Parallel Structure
58(3)
Key Terms
61(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
61(1)
Punctuation Reminders
62(1)
PART II Connecting with the Reader
Chapter 4 Cohesion
63(26)
Chapter Preview
63(1)
Reader Expectation
64(3)
Repetition
67(1)
The Known—New Contract
68(12)
The Role of Pronouns
72(5)
Personal Pronouns
72(2)
Demonstrative Pronouns
74(3)
The Role of the Passive Voice
77(1)
Other Sentence Inversions
78(2)
Metadiscourse
80(1)
Parallelism
81(3)
Repetition versus Redundancy
83(1)
Levels of Generality
84(4)
Key Terms
88(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
88(1)
Punctuation Reminder
88(1)
Chapter 5 Sentence Rhythm
89(18)
Chapter Preview
89(1)
Intonation: The Peaks and Valleys
89(1)
End Focus
90(3)
Controlling Rhythm
93(6)
The It-Cleft
94(1)
The What-Cleft
95(1)
The There-Transformation
96(3)
Rhythm and the Comma
99(2)
Power Words
101(4)
Correlative Conjunctions
102(1)
Adverbials of Emphasis
103(8)
The Common Only
104(1)
Key Terms
105(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
105(1)
Punctuation Reminder
106(1)
Chapter 6 The Writer's Voice
107(22)
Chapter Preview
107(1)
Tone
107(4)
Diction
111(8)
Contractions
114(4)
Verbs and Formality
118(1)
Metaphor
119(1)
Metadiscourse
119(5)
The Overuse of Metadiscourse
122(2)
Point of View
124(3)
Key Terms
127(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
128(1)
Punctuation Reminders
128(1)
PART III Making Choices
Chapter 7 Choosing Verbs
129(20)
Chapter Review
129(1)
Our Versatile Verbs
129(13)
Using the Expanded Verbs
130(4)
The Modal Auxiliaries
134(1)
The Passive Voice
134(17)
The Obscure Agent
139(3)
The Abstract Subject
142(2)
Showing, Not Telling
144(3)
The Overuse of Be
147(1)
Key Terms
148(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
148(1)
Chapter 8 Choosing Adverbials
149(23)
Chapter Preview
149(1)
The Opening Adverbial
150(1)
The Prepositional Phrase
151(3)
The Proliferating Prepositional Phrase
152(2)
The Subordinate Clause
154(11)
Punctuation of Subordinate Clauses
157(1)
The Movability of Subordinate Clauses
158(1)
The Because-Clause Myth
159(2)
The Elliptical Subordinate Clause
161(14)
The Elliptical Clause of Comparison
162(3)
Infinitive (Verb) Phrases
165(1)
Movability and Closure
166(2)
The Qualifiers
168(2)
Key Terms
170(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
170(1)
Punctuation Reminders
171(1)
Chapter 9 Choosing Adjectivals
172(38)
Chapter Preview
172(1)
Determiners
173(2)
Adjectives and Nouns
175(4)
Modifier Noun Proliferation
177(1)
The Movable Adjective Phrase
178(1)
Prepositional Phrases
179(1)
Participial Phrases
180(5)
The Prenoun Participle
181(1)
The Movable Participle
181(2)
The Dangling Participle
183(2)
Relative Clauses
185(2)
The Relatives
186(1)
Punctuation of Phrases and Clauses
187(4)
The Broad-Reference Clause
191(3)
Other Nominals
194(4)
Verb Phrases
194(3)
The Dangling Gerund
195(1)
The Subject of the Gerund
196(1)
Nominal Clauses
197(1)
Appositives
198(9)
The Introductory Appositive
200(2)
The Colon with Appositives
202(1)
Avoiding Punctuation Errors
203(1)
The Sentence Appositive
204(1)
The Resumptive Modifier
205(2)
Punctuation Revisited
207(2)
Key Terms
209(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
209(1)
Punctuation Reminders
209(1)
Chapter 10 Choosing Stylistic Variations
210(23)
Chapter Preview
210(1)
Absolute Phrases
211(5)
The Coordinate Series
216(1)
Repetition
217(3)
Word-Order Variation
220(3)
Ellipsis
223(1)
Antithesis
224(2)
The Deliberate Fragment
226(5)
Key Terms
231(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
231(1)
Punctuation Reminders
232(1)
PART IV Your Way with Words
Chapter 11 Word Classes
233(17)
Chapter Preview
233(1)
Lexical Rules
234(4)
Parts of Speech
238(2)
The Form Classes
240(8)
Nouns
240(5)
Plural-Only Forms
241(1)
Collective Nouns
242(2)
Proper Nouns
244(1)
Verbs
245(1)
Adjectives
245(1)
Adverbs
246(1)
Derivational Affixes
247(1)
Key Terms
248(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
249(1)
Punctuation Reminder
249(1)
Chapter 12 Pronouns
250(20)
Chapter Preview
250(1)
Personal Pronouns
251(5)
The Missing Pronoun
251(5)
We and Us as Determiners
256(1)
Personal Pronoun Errors
256(5)
Case
256(3)
The Unwanted Apostrophe
259(1)
The Ambiguous Antecedent
260(1)
The Vague Antecedent
260(1)
Reflexive Pronouns
261(1)
Intensive Reflexive Pronouns
262(1)
Reciprocal Pronouns
262(1)
Demonstrative Pronouns
263(1)
Indefinite Pronouns
264(4)
The Everyone/Their Issue
265(3)
Key Terms
268(1)
Rhetorical Reminders
268(1)
Punctuation Reminder
269(1)
PART V Punctuation
Chapter 13 Punctuation: Its Purposes, Its Hierarchy, and Its Rhetorical Effects
270(13)
Chapter Preview
270(1)
The Purposes of Punctuation Marks
271(3)
Syntax
271(1)
Prosody
272(1)
Semantics
273(1)
The Hierarchy of Punctuation
274(3)
The Rhetorical Effects of Punctuation
277(4)
Key Terms
281(2)
Glossary of Punctuation 283(10)
Glossary of Terms 293(11)
Bibliography 304(2)
Answers to the Exercises 306(10)
Index 316


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