9780205321087

Style A Pragmatic Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780205321087

  • ISBN10:

    0205321089

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-06-01
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Summary

Style combines a concise and clear guide to stylistic revision and a mini-anthology of professional prose stylists. Three stylistic guidelines-relevance, proportion, and clarity-link revision strategies to everyday conversational practice. Mini-anthology of 7 selections analyzes stylistic decisions of authors in various fields, showing how they follow, or flout, the stylistic guidelines. Section on metaphor shows readers how to generate new and related ideas from previous drafts. Three new readings including Carol Clover's essay on gender in the modern horror film, a model of academic writing. A new section on pronoun choice helps writers avoid sexist language. More "real-world" examples and exercises illustrate how pragmatic decisions of style are applied. Includes more emphasis on alphabetic literacy, both as a technology and as it relates to speech. For those seeking a clear and concise style book to enhance their writing skills.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Writing and Conversation
1(6)
What Speakers Know About Language
1(1)
Applying Conversational Guidelines
2(2)
Preconceptions About Style
4(1)
Practical Style in the Real and Virtual World
5(2)
Exercise 1.1
5(2)
Finding the Action
7(4)
Choosing a Verb
7(4)
Exercise 2.1
9(2)
Focusing the Action
11(8)
Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
11(1)
Exercise 3.1
12(1)
Complements, Modifiers, and Style
12(7)
Exercise 3.2
16(1)
Exercise 3.3
16(1)
Exercise 3.4
17(2)
Staging the Characters
19(10)
Recognizing Your Options
19(1)
Active and Passive Voice
19(2)
Exercise 4.1
21(1)
Voice and Revision
21(4)
Verb Selection Revisited
25(1)
Exercise 4.2
25(1)
Choosing Pronouns
26(3)
Exercise 4.3
28(1)
Revising for Precision
29(8)
Identifying Problems
29(1)
Exercise 5.1
30(1)
Throat-Clearing
30(1)
Overstating the Claim
31(2)
Exercise 5.2
32(1)
Smothering the Claim
33(4)
Exercise 5.3
34(3)
Making Connections
37(10)
Speaking Versus Writing
37(1)
The Anti-Paragraph
38(1)
New and Given Information
39(2)
Nominalization
41(1)
Exercise 6.1
42(1)
Antecedents
42(2)
Exercise 6.2
44(1)
Transitions
44(3)
Exercise 6.3
46(1)
Mixing It Up
47(8)
Rhythm, Sound, and Emphasis
47(3)
Exercise 7.1
49(1)
Strong Endings
50(5)
Exercise 7.2
52(3)
Saying What You Mean
55(8)
Some Useful Routines
55(1)
Slowing Down
56(2)
Developing Your Ideas
58(2)
Exercise 8.1
59(1)
Exploring Your Own Metaphors
60(3)
Exercise 8.2
62(1)
Readings 63(34)
Personal Ads
64(3)
Clear and Simple as the Truth
67(3)
Francis-Noel Thomas
Mark Turner
The Body and Society
70(3)
Peter Brown
``The Female Body''
73(4)
Margaret Atwood
``The Intellectuals and the Poor''
77(5)
Richard Rorty
``Near Misses''
82(5)
William Ian Miller
``The Boy Scout Handbook''
87(6)
Paul Fussell
``Men, Women, and Chainsaws''
93(4)
Carol J. Clover
Sample Answers to Selected Exercises 97(4)
Glossary of Terms 101(8)
Credits 109(2)
Index 111

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